Christmas recipes: perfect presents

You’d be surprised at how much people appreciate a home-made present, especially if you’re earning a great deal of money it’s a cheaper way to make people smile at Christmas! I like to pair one of these christmas recipes with a normal present, best of both worlds! (Plus, everyone thinks you put in a lot more effort then you actually did – these are so easy!)

Cranberry relish (Feel Good Food)

  • Makes 5 150g jars
  • Ready in 1.5 hours (Plus maturing)

500g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped
250g White onions, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp chinese five spice
290ml Red wine vinegar
Zest and juice of one orange
350g Sugar
500g Cranberries

  1. Place all ingredients (except cranberries) in a wide, shallow pan, and simmer gently for 45-60 minutes, until the apples have mashed up and the mixture thickens.
  2. Add the cranberries, allow them to heat through, then mash them gently with a potato masher.
  3. Cook for another 20-30 minutes, and spoon the relish into 5 sterilised jam jars. Refrigerate until use.

Plum and orange chutney (Good Things)

  • Makes 6 150g jars
  • Ready in 1.5 hours (Plus maturing)

450g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped
350g White onions, finely chopped
450g Plums
2 Tsp yellow mustard seeds
1 Stick cinnamon
1 Star anise
290ml cider vinegar
85g Soft light brown sugar
85g Soft dark brown sugar
1 Orange, zest and juice

  1. Place all ingredients in a wide, shallow pan except the sugar and orange zest, simmer gently for an hour.
  2. Add the sugar and orange, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Bring to the boil rapidly, stirring until thickened.
  4. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise, and pour into 6 sterilised jam jars.
  5. Refrigerate until required.
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