California Walnut Oatcakes With Apple Walnut Chutney

Plate of oatcakes with cheese, grapes and jar of home made chutney

The deliciously nutty chutney and oatcakes make a healthy alternative to dessert. Alternatively serve as a satisfying lunch or supper – just add cheese and wine!

Preparation Time: 15min
Cooking Time: 40min
Makes 1.2kg chutney and 12 oatcakes

For the Apple & Walnut Chutney:

  • 800g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 350g light brown soft sugar
  • 100g California Raisins
  • 150g California Walnut Halves
  • 1 onion, chopped (180g)
  • 2tsp mustard seeds
  • 350ml cider vinegar

For the Walnut Oatcakes:

  • 50g California Walnut Halves
  • 100g medium oatmeal
  • 75g wholemeal plain flour
  • ¼tsp sea salt
  • 75g butter, diced

To Serve:

  • Cheddar and blue cheeses

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4. Grease 1-2 baking trays.
  2. Place all the chutney ingredients in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Season, cover and cook for 15min. Remove the lid and simmer for 20min, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced and the fruit is soft. Allow to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, make the oatcakes. Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the oatmeal, flour and salt and pulse to mix evenly. Add the butter and process until the mixture is just beginning to come together. Add 1-2tbsp water and mix again to give a soft dough, but not sticky.
  4. Roll out on a floured surface to 3mm thickness and using a 7cm round cutter, cut out 12 rounds. Place on the baking trays and cook for 15min until just turning golden. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.
  5. Serve the oatcakes with the chutney and a selection of cheese.

Cooks tip

The chutney will last for 2-3 weeks if put into sealed, sterilised containers when still warm.