chutney

Orcrest garlic apple jelly

Sick of mayo and mustard? Every now and then, you just need a new condiment to spice up your average meals and bring back life to the dining table. Garlic and apples may not sound like a good pairing, let alone as a jelly, but trust me (and the good citizens of Orcrest, Elsweyr) on this! This delightful blend of sweet and savoury is a delicious chutney that pairs well with meats, vegetables, and breads. Try it with melted cheese on toast, or as a dip for my Khajiiti apple spanakopita for a true bite of Elsweyr!

You will need:
2.5kg red apples, with skin on, cored and chopped
3 large bulbs garlic, peeled and minced roughly
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 cups white sugar
4 cups fresh water
One (50g) pack fruit pectin

Method:
In a pot, bring the water to a boil and add the apples. Boil for 3 minutes, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover the pot to cook for another 7 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and crush the apples with a metal spoon to release the juices. Strain the juice into a bowl through a sieve or cheesecloth (you should have about 5 cups of apple juice- if you have less, add a bit of water).

Transfer back to the pot and bring to a boil, then stir in the fruit pectin, sugar, and garlic. Stir continuously on high heat until the sugar and pectin is entirely dissolved.

Set aside and sterilise 2 or 3 airtight jam jars by boiling them in water for 5 minutes. Gently dry with a paper towel and pour in the apple garlic jelly mix. Seal the lids tightly, making sure that the jars are completely airtight.

In a large pot, bring enough water to cover the jars to a roiling boil. Gently put the jars into the boiling water, as far apart as possible, then cover the pot and boil continuously for 5 minutes.

Carefully transfer the jars to a cloth-covered cooling rack. Leave to set for 24 hours at room temperature. Can be kept for up to 3 months; opened jars should be consumed within 2 weeks for optimum freshness.

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Tartlet with apples, goat cheese, chutney, honey, walnuts and thyme

Made this quick tasty pie last night: Very easy, you can buy the pastry already made. Spread pastry dough with chutney, add goat cheese, then sliced apples, some walnuts, herbs and honey, season with salt and pepper, then fold the sides. Add a little melted butter for color, then a few more walnuts and fresh thyme, and bake on baking parchment in low oven for 30 minutes, cover after 20 minutes in case it colors too much, leave to rest for 10 minutes and serve. Also great with pears if no apples. You can switch goat cheese for blue cheese. Enjoy!