Warm, sweet, and a little spicy from the array of fruit and spices, this blackberry chutney hits all the right notes as a perfect accompaniment to cheeses, curries, and even roast meat. All the flavors in this blackberry and apple chutney meld together slowly to become what I guarantee will be a staple in your kitchen!
If you're foraging your own blackberries for this delicious chutney this fall, try not to taste too many as you pick. I know, that's a tall order, as I really so do love the sensation in my mouth when the blackberries burst as I bite into each of them.
Just remember that the payoff of waiting will be more than worth it when you taste this exquisite blackberry chutney that uses warm ground spices along with malt vinegar, apple, and onion.
Inspired by my Gooseberry chutney which you can also find on my site, this blackberry chutney is less tart, with a kick of spice from dried chili flakes. Perfect as an accompaniment for dishes like my leftover turkey curry, you can also enjoy it over vanilla ice cream for a unique treat.
The flavors of this blackberry chutney scream fall, but if you make enough, you can enjoy it year-round, even when it isn't berry-picking season!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's sweet with warm notes
- It makes a great addition to most dishes
- You can customise it to your liking
- It's so delicious
CHUTNEY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED
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Making your own preserves is a great and satisfying hobby. Giving the gift the lovely food to your friends and family are especially rewarding!
Do not continue to boil your chutney once it has reached the boiling point. This will result in your sugar burning or caramelising, giving the chutney an unpleasant flavor.
What to Serve With Your Blackberry Chutney
Chutney goes great with lots of dishes, but it is a particularly great compliment to spicy recipes and cheese.
- Aged cheddar - the salty aged flavor from cheddar is perfect with warm and spicy blackberry chutney
- Fresh goat cheese - the tangy flavor of goat cheese loves this fruity chutney when put together on a crostini or hearty cracker
- Brie - add blackberry chutney to brie and bake if for a decadent treat that any cheese lover will go wild for
- Lamb massaman curry - this mild curry will be kicked up a touch with a side of blackberry chutney to go along with it
- Beef kofta curry - all the big flavors in this beef kofta curry go great with the warming spices and tart flavor of the blackberries
- Marrow curry - spicy and completely vegetarian, this curry is an easy dish that is elevated with a side of chutney
Popular Substitutions for This Recipe
- Spices - you can change out any of the spices that you may not care for and replace them with something different. For example, swap out the cinnamon for more savory cumin to get a different flavor that will be just as delicious.
- Vinegar - instead of malt vinegar, which is grain-based and less acidic, use white or red wine vinegar for more acid in your blackberry chutney.
- Onions - use red onions instead of yellow or white onions for a little more spiciness in your blackberry chutney.
Variations to This Recipe
- Use fresh ginger instead of ground for a stronger and spicier flavor in your blackberry chutney
- Use whole spices instead of ground spices for a more subtle flavor in your chutney. You can place the whole spices in a muslin bag or make a pouch from cheesecloth to contain the spices. Simply remove the pouch when you are done cooking.
The longer the chutney sits, the more the flavors will meld together and become more delicious and layered.
Can This Recipe be Scaled?
Yes, make a large batch of this blackberry chutney by multiplying the recipe to have plenty to last you through the year.
How Do I Store This Recipe?
Store this recipe in sterilised jars in a cool and dry place for a minimum of one month and up to two years unopened, or two months open in the refrigerator.
Can I Use Different Fruit?
Yes, you can use any berry that you like instead of blackberries, such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or a mix of all of them.