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Easy Christmas chutney recipe

If you’re struggling for present inspiration this Christmas, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better option than something homemade. Knowing that a friend or relative has spent time, effort and thought creating a one-of-a-kind gift means a lot more than any scarf, pair of socks or box of chocolates ever could. And during the festive season, when cheese abounds and multiple courses are more or less mandatory, a nice jar of homemade chutney will be just the ticket. Here at Optiwell, we love anything that makes life easier, so we asked our favourite foodie blogger Emily Leary from A Mummy Too  to put together a deliciously simple – but ever so impressive – recipe that you can whip up in a couple of hours. Just pop it in some pretty jars and wrap with a tartan ribbon – you could even make personalised labels for each recipient for extra VIP treatment. Oh, and to make their Christmas Day even better, we’d recommend popping a cheeky bottle of Optiwell in their stocking – can’t go wrong! Ingredients 500g onions, peeled and chopped quite finely 6 tablespoons of water 500g cooking apples, peeled and chopped 500g eating apples, peeled and chopped 100g cranberries 60g plump raisins 400ml white wine vinegar 300g granulated sugar 1sp salt 1sp ground cinnamon Method
  1. Put the onions and the water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer until soft.
  2. Add the apples and continue cooking gently for 15 minutes or so. Add the raisins, cranberries, salt, cinnamon and half the vinegar.
  3. Keep the mixture on the heat and stir occasionally until it thickens.
  4. Add the sugar and the rest of the vinegar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Continue to simmer and stir occasionally until the mixture becomes thick.
  6. When it’s ready, pot and seal in sterilised jars and hand out to your nearest and dearest on Christmas Day.
Perfect with turkey lunch leftovers or on crackers with cheese. Enjoy and merry Christmas!
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