Festive Fig Chutney

Preserve a seasonal glut of fruit and veg to enjoy during the colder months or to give as a delicious festive gift.

Key Details

  • Serves: lots
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


  • 250g muscovado sugar
  • 1kg fresh figs
  • 500ml cider vinegar
  • 2 large red onions
  • 200g seedless raisins
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 50g salt
  • 2 tbsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground coriander


Chop up your figs and onions into small pieces (or whack them in a food blender if you’re feeling lazy). Put the vinegar in a large saucepan with the salt, ginger, allspice, pepper and coriander. Bring everything up to the boil, then stir in the figs, raisins, onion and sugar.

Leave it all to simmer very gently without a lid for about 1½ hours, or until the chutney has thickened and your figs and onion have softened. Give it an occasional stir to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan, until the mixture is thick and jam-like. Bottle in sterilised jars while hot and seal.

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