Apple and Vanilla pickle

Makes 2 jars , 20 mins preparation, 1 hour cooking


150g caster sugar

300ml cider vinegar

1 Onion, finely chopped

1 vanilla pod, split lengthways

6 Granny Smith apples

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80g golden raisins

Sterilised jars (approx 454g size)

1, in a heavy-bottomed pan, dissolve the sugar in the cider vinegar, bring to a simmer, then add the chopped onion and split vanilla pod.

2, Simmer gently while you peel, core and dice the apples into 1cm pieces

3, Using a whisk, disperse the vanilla seeds from the pod. Then add the chopped apple and raisons and simmer gently for a further 40 minutes.

4, Remove the vanilla pod and pour the pickle into sterilised jars. Keep in a cool place until you need it, for up to 2-3 months