Apple relish

    8 hours 50 min

    This spiced apple relish with onion and raisins has a wonderful combination of flavours and pairs perfectly with cheese. Try with a hard well-aged cheese or with juicy pork chops.


    Dorset, England, UK
    14 people made this

    Makes: 1 kg relish

    • 1 rounded teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 900g (2 lb) cooking apples, coarsely grated
    • 40ml (1 1/2 fl oz) red wine vinegar
    • 300g (11 oz) soft brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 110g (4 oz) seedless raisins, roughly chopped
    • 1 large onion, finely diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1 dessertspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon salt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:8hr setting  ›  Ready in:8hr50min 

    1. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, add the mustard seeds and cook until they pop. Add the grated apple, vinegar, sugar, lemon rind and bay leaves and simmer gently for about 10 minutes until soft.
    2. Stir in all of the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes until the mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and remove and discard the bay leaves.
    3. While the relish is still hot, ladle into sterilised jars, seal tightly and leave undisturbed overnight to set. Store in a cool, dark place until needed.

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