Apple & pear chutney celebrates the fruits of autumn which accompany Christmas cheeseboards so perfectly. The perfect make-ahead gift!


1 litre

total time

90 mins

great for


suitable for

GF / vegan

Apple & Pear Chutney from above, on cracker with cheese

behind the scenes

Turning Autumn Fruits into Christmas Chutney

What goes better with a sharp crumbly cheddar than a gorgeously sticky, sweet and tangy chutney?!

This apple and pear chutney celebrates the fruits of autumn which accompany Christmas cheeseboards so perfectly, and enable us to get a head start on preparation so that we are one step ahead of the game come December!

And, if you decide this is a Christmas chutney recipe that must be shared, then it really does make a fantastic gift too!

Add some mature cheddar and delicious crackers, and you might have just found the perfect Christmas present for any cheese lover! Don’t forget to add Jolly Festive’s label to the jar too.

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Chutney & cheddar on crack with hand

Let’s Talk Sterilising Jars!

  1. Preheat the oven to 100C.
  2. Wash jars and lids by hand or using dishwasher; ensure they are dried thoroughly.
  3. Place jars face down, and lid face up, onto a clean baking sheet.
  4. Cook jars until you are ready to fill them (at least 20 minutes).
  5. When you’re ready to fill them, remove from the oven and jars will be sterilised!

Note: Ensure you are putting hot mixture into a hot jar to prevent the jars from cracking!

Don’t be deterred! While this may be loaded with autumal fruit, the flavours are well and truly festive, making this our go-to Christmas chutney recipe!

It’s robust enough to stand up to a sharp cheddar or blue cheese but not so strong as to overwhelm. It fact, it somehow enhances the flavour and helps to create a perfectly balanced mouthful.

So, why not spend a lazy autumnal Sunday in the kitchen stirring together a delicious jar of chutney? Your cheeseboard will be the envy of the town at Christmas!

Chutney on a plate with jars
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Apple & Pear Chutney from above, on cracker with cheese

Apple & Pear Chutney

Apple & pear chutney celebrates the fruits of autumn which accompany Christmas cheeseboards so perfectly. The perfect make-ahead gift!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Edible Gifts
Suitable For Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 1 litre


  • 300 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 200 ml rice vinegar
  • 150 ml apple cider
  • 300 g light brown sugar
  • 650 g assorted apples peeled, cored & diced
  • 500 g pears peeling, cored & diced
  • ½ large brown onion finely chopped
  • 130 g sultanas
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Place vinegar, sugar and apple cider in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to ensure sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Add remaining ingredients into the saucepan with the vinegar/sugar mixture and bring back to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally to ensure it’s not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook until the mixture has thickened and a wooden spoon drawn through the mixture leaves behind a trail that remains for 2-3 seconds.
  • If you have an immersion hand blender, place the blade into the pan and blend two thirds of the mixture. No hand blender? No problem, use a potato masher to mash two thirds of the mixture together.
  • Place in canning jars, cover with a round of greaseproof paper and store in a cool dark place. Will keep for up to three months. Once opened, refrigerate.


Chutney will keep for up to 3 months. Once opened, refrigerate.
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