Apple and Cinnamon Chutney

Apple and Cinnamon Chutney Recipe

Autumn has certainly… descended and what will follow in its footsteps is a plethora of autumnal delights. As mentioned before, our apple tree has been full of life this year and has stayed true to its promise, even though other horticultural members of our usually bountiful garden haven’t. This is more than made up for, however, as the delightfully tasty, yet devilishly spicy chutney you see before you will demonstrate. This Apple and Cinnamon Chutney is utterly scrumptious and can be enjoyed in all manner of ways, though with cheese and crackers is certainly my favourite. Don’t let the amount of chilli in this recipe put you off; if that much heat isn’t to your taste, simply alter the recipe to suit – it’ll still retain all of its flavour. Enjoy!

Chutney is one of the most enjoyable culinary experiences one can have; it’s risk free, very simple and produces an extremely versatile and delicious food. My mango chutney, for instance, wasn’t at all difficult, yet people were still asking me to produce it by the barrel-full. No doubt, some of you will enquire as to whether one should use cooking apples or eating apples in this chutney. The educated guess would probably be ‘cooking apples’, but it would be wrong… at least a little wrong.

Apple and Cinnamon Chutney Recipe

It doesn’t really matter what type of apples one uses in this chutney, as long as the apple has enough body not to turn to mush completely. I think a sturdy eating apple, like a Braeburn, works particularly well since it’s not too sweet, but it definitely doesn’t require the addition of extra sugar. Similarly, one could use any vinegar, even malt, but I think red wine vinegar gives this chutney a more powerful flavour and colour – there’s nothing like a bit of intrigue.

Everyone I know seems to adore chutney, so whenever I mention that some chutney is in the offing my ears become inundated with requests for a pot or two. However, I don’t like to make massive batches, so I shall try to make it more frequently instead. Do you have a favourite type of chutney, or an interesting combination you’d wish me to explore? Mention it in the comments and I might give it a whirl!

Apple and Cinnamon Chutney

Makes 4-5 jars


• 5-6 firm eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped up

• 2 onions, finely chopped

• 2 red chillies, finely chopped with seeds

• 1 tsp chilli flakes

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 2 bay leaves

• 500ml red wine vinegar

• 250g golden caster sugar

• 50g dark brown sugar

• Salt

• Pepper


1. Tip the apples, onions, chillies, flakes, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and vinegar into a large, thick bottom saucepan. Bring to the boil and once the apples have softened add the sugar, a pinch of salt and twist of pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer until thick.

2. As the chutney is approaching the end of its cooking sterilise some jam jars by putting them in the oven at 100C. Tip the chutney into the jars and allow to cool completely before sealing. This chutney should last a number of months before it is unfit to eat.

Apple and Cinnamon Chutney Recipe

Cost: The only expense in making this chutney is the apples. However, if like me you have access to free apples, then there is no issue at all. Still, even if you are paying for your apples this chutney should set you back around £4 – not bad since it makes 4-5 jars which would set you back at least £2.50 each if bought individually.

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112 comments on “Apple and Cinnamon Chutney

  1. my sleepy kitchen
    September 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    oooh, looks amazing! I’m origianlly from America and have to keep reminding myself to say “autumn” over here – though apparently “fall” was used in England long ago and then fell out of fashion.
    Any sort of chutney recipe featuring chilli is great my books. I’ve also had some really nice apple & plum chutney last year that I loved – maybe something else to try out?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks! Haha – I don;t really have to check myself – I just like to make tiny little digs at Americans :D. Apple and plum does sound nice. I’ve done a plum chutney and an apple one… time to combine? 😀

  2. Somer
    September 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Really gorgeous Nick! I wonder if this would work with pears or if it would get too mushy? I was gifted an abundance of them yesterday, and I can’t possibly eat them all before they go off.

    • PrincessBlaya
      September 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      I can recommend pear and vanilla jam- you’d need to use jam sugar with added pectin though as pears don’t have much pectin in them.

      • Somer
        September 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Sounds divine! Thanks for the recommendation. I always have a few boxes of pectin in my pantry 🙂

      • frugalfeeding
        September 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        Like I said, a great idea! I have some damsons to use…

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks, Somer! Pears would definitely work, but they may get a little mushy – that’s not necessarily a problem. I guess it depends on how ripe they are.

      • Somer
        September 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        Probably too ripe. Bah! Guess it’s pear jam.

        • frugalfeeding
          September 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

          Jam might be more suitable in that case!

  3. lmicheles
    September 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm


  4. Cathy
    September 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Looks and sounds fabulous! Thanks for this brilliant idea – I have lots of apples to use, and this is just the thing! 😀

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Cathy! I just know you’ll love it.

  5. PrincessBlaya
    September 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This looks lovely and glossy- my chutney never looks as nice as that! (Although it does taste alright…)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks! I have no idea what to suggest… 😀

  6. ceciliag
    September 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I LOVE chutney, with cheese or cold lamb! YUM. This one looks great and I have all the ingredients sitting in various baskets about the kitchen. i shall give this a try.. thank you.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Oh yes! Oh yes! I need to do a mint chutney… that HAS to be done… I sincerely hope you like it!

  7. Lasairiona
    September 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    This looks LUSH! Does it need to ‘mature’ before you eat it? or is it good to go from the minute it’s cooked?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Haha – thanks! Nope, I’ve been scoffing on it all day…

      • Lasairiona
        October 8, 2012 at 3:52 am

        oooh excellent! How long do you reckon it’ll keep? If I make it now do you think I could use it for Christmas presents? Or leave it til we get a little closer to Christmas?

        • frugalfeeding
          October 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          Very well, I think! Make it now, perhaps pop a wax seal on it.

  8. Sarah
    September 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Free apples abound all over here 😉

  9. spree
    September 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I love the many faces of curry Nick! Thanks for the introduction to another good ‘un. I’m not sure a person can know too many. 🙂

  10. Zoe
    September 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Lovely! And what a great recipe for fall.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks! I agree. little bites of autumn in a pot 🙂

  11. Laurie
    September 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Oh, yum!

  12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    September 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

    That looks bloody good old chap! Hmm, I guess only Flying Circus has gotten to me. Oh to have an apple tree!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Haha, thanks Greg – nice British… accent? Why not plant one?

  13. petit4chocolatier
    September 21, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Triple yummy!

  14. myhealthyohana
    September 21, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Wow, I’ve never heard of apple chutney, but I imagine it’s delicious! Mango chutney is very popular in Hawaii, and my mom would make it a lot with the green mangos when we were growing up 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Oh yes, it works well. I have a recipe for mango chutney – it was great, you should check it out!

  15. cindyknoke
    September 21, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Oh this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks! no problem – thanks for commenting 😀

  16. Korena in the Kitchen
    September 21, 2012 at 4:25 am

    This looks so great Nick – perfect for eating with cheese and crackers! I only ever think to make jam but I definitely need to add some chutney to my repertoire…

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks, Korena! Oh definitely, but for so many other things besides! Chutney is far easier than jam in my opinion… and nicer.

  17. Promenade Claire
    September 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Like the idea of using red wine vinegar for colour and flavour

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Yes, it does seem to work awfully well 😀

  18. AmyCreative
    September 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Ooooo so got to try this… its looks awesome!

  19. silverbells2012
    September 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks yet again for the inspiration – if I don’t have enough tomatoes for chutney this autumn I will give this a go 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      No problem :). That’s a shame, but I’m sure this’ll make a good back up.

  20. Sibella at
    September 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, this looks sooo good! Your photos are beautiful!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Sibella! I’m glad you think so!

  21. Brandyn Miller
    September 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Such a good fall recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it did feel like autumn in a pot 🙂

  22. Willow
    September 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Mm, this chutney sounds wonderful! Confession – I’ve never made my own chutney before, but with all our talk of how easy it is, I might just have to give it a go. Good to be catching up on your blog after a long absence (on my part)!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks, Willow! Oh tut tut, it’s so simple! Far more so than other preserves! It was a long absence on my part from yours too! I apologise 🙂

  23. erin
    September 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I have never made a chutney and I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever eaten one.. and now I want to try it.

  24. Original Pretty Pie
    September 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    500 mL red wine vinegar? Isn’t that a lot? I suppose it will cook down. I’ll toss caution to the wind, place my culinary trust in you, and dump the lot in!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Nope, that’s a pretty standard amount for any chutney. It has to be acidic. I am trust worthy… honestly 😀

  25. ultraswimfast
    September 22, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Yum! Great photos too!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks – I always like compliments on my photos 🙂

  26. Bam's Kitchen
    September 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Amazing zest and flavors going on here. I am thinking that this might be a nice glaze on a pork roast. Ohh wait maybe on a duck… or chicken. Or maybe just on some bread so I can try some right now.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, BAM. Oh, that’s a great idea! I’ll have to try it. Thanks 😀

  27. NickkiT
    September 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I love making chutney. I have some apples to use up so I’m going to give this a try today. My favourite chutney is beetroot and apple which was my Gran’s recipe. Everyone seems to love so I always have to make extra!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Yes, it’s so much fun! That does sound nice and I’m sure everyone would love it… but I hate beets 😀

  28. Lois
    September 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Good recipe – last year I had a glut of eating apples – I could have done with this then!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Oh, sorry – I’ll do recipes earlier next time 🙂

      • Lois
        September 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        Lol! No such problems this year, our apples are small tasteless bullets… feeding them to the rabbit, she doesn’t mind, so no waste there!

  29. MunchieStuff
    September 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the “like” – from the MunchieStuff clan

  30. ohshineon
    September 24, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I love this post. I’ve never made chutney but there’s always a first time for everything, right? 🙂 Happy Autumn!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks! Oh yes, there certainly is! Thanks, you too.

  31. jessa
    September 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Fall, autumn, autumn, fall, let’s call the whole thing off 🙂 Totally kidding, lovvvvvvvve autumn way too much, it’s an obsession, I believe.

    Looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Haha – autumn is a fantastic season, truly. My favourite food is made in the autumn.

  32. Kimby
    September 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I like the combination you’ve picked. My Grandma always made green tomato relish (spiced with cinnamon, cloves, etc.) this time of year to use up the last of the garden bounty. Curious to see what you’d combine them with — have at it!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks, Kimby! It does work very well indeed. Hers sounds great! Green tomato relish would be good. I’m not sure I can find good green tomatoes around here though… any suggestions?

  33. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    September 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Another blogger with an apple tree??!! Aaargh!! If I planted one, I wonder how many years before I have beautiful apples? I love chutney and want to try this recipe as well, Frugal!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Indeed! Roughly 2 years for a decent harvest of around 30-40 apples I expect! Thanks, Barbara.

  34. Karista
    September 25, 2012 at 5:17 am

    I too would love an apple tree in my yard. You’d think I’d have one living in Washington state. Love, love this chutney! And I much prefer the term Autumn, although I “fall” short when actually remembering to say it. Habit I suppose. 🙁

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Get one! They are fantastic! Haha – very good 😀

  35. Karen
    September 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I’ll be harvesting apples now that I’m back home where our orchard is. I like the zing that your recipe seems to have…sounds great.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Fantastic, Karen! Oh, it definitely has zing!

  36. onceuponarecipe
    September 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Apples and cinnamon is my favorite Fall (I’m sorry…Autumn) flavor combination. This chutney with crackers and cheese would be so lovely!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Haha – it’s certainly one of mine. Thanks! Yes, I ate a lot of it!

  37. nourishingattempts
    October 4, 2012 at 1:17 am

    That looks delicious! I think I’m gonna give it a go. Will have to experiment with substituting honey for sugar, but I don’t think it will matter much.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much :). I don’t know how that’ll work, you’d need A LOT of honey and it would totally overpower it I think. Let me know though.

  38. Alexa
    October 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    ohh man… this looks delish! I’ll have to try it out- I’ve done applesauce but never chutney

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks! give it a go! I have a great recipe for apple sauce to do too, thanks for reminding me.

  39. janelleelizabeth
    October 7, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I only recently discovered chutney, and it was jalapeno flavored. I can’t wait to make this! Looks so tasty!!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Oh that sounds great. I’ll have do to something like that.

  40. janelleelizabeth
    October 7, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Reblogged this on Becoming Me and commented:
    I think I need to change the blog title to yummy food and recipes… hahah.

  41. lesleykingsley
    October 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I am trying this! Looks amazing.

  42. Rachael
    October 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Such a good recipe: my first attempt at chutney was a success

    For first-timers, I found the following articles useful:

    I added a bit of ground ginger and cinnamon and it seemed to work…

    Thank you!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Fantastic! There you go readers! Thanks. I try to encourage experimentation.

  43. Ange - Tall, Short and Tiny
    October 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Finally! A chutney recipe without sultanas! I can’t stand sultanas. Looking forward to trying this one, looks and sounds delicious 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      October 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      I’m glad I could provide, though I do like sultanas!

  44. thehungryathlete
    April 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Love your blog and photos! I want to lick my laptop screen!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Please don’t hold me responsible for any damage.

  45. Juls
    September 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I must admit, I’m pretty traditional with my homemade chutneys. But, being from South African stock, there is always a bottle of Mrs. Balls in every one of my family’s homes (I, personally, take offence at the list of ingredients on it but on mentioning this I suddenly got inundated with so many bottles of it that I’ve got the picture now that I’m not allowed to put on my ‘food snob’ hat when it comes to homeland fare)