Pear, Cinnamon & Date Chutney

Food Starters
Carol Ridehalgh, Fodder For Foodies
6 x 250ml jars Servings
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1kg ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
450g dates, chopped
450g shallots, finely sliced
600ml cider vinegar
300g brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
  1. Put the apples, pears, dates, shallots, sugar and cinnamon sticks into a pan. Pour in half the cider vinegar and season
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring all the time, until sugar is dissolved. Cook for 30 minutes or until tender
  3. Add remaining cider vinegar and simmer for another 30 minutes. Stir regularly
  4. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick, pour into sterilised preserving jars and seal
  5. Serve with blue and strong cheeses