Pumpkins are not just for Halloween, why not preserve yourself a Christmas gift? This gourd-geous autumnal chutney from Rubies in the Rubble is the perfect addition to a strong cheddar sarnie.


750g 1cm diced pumpkin

500g sugar

400ml cider vinegar

1 large onion, chopped

2 tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tsp paprika

80g fresh ginger

1 tsp cinnamon powder

50g sultanas

400g apple, peeled and 1cm diced

1 tbsp oil

Handful of pumpkin seeds (optional)


  1. Put the oil in a pan with the chilli flakes, cinnamon, fresh ginger (and pumpkin seeds if adding).
  2. Heat through being careful the spices don’t burn.
  3. Add the chopped onion and cook through for 5 mins, then add the vinegar, sultanas and sugar.
  4. Stir until boiling and the sugar dissolves. Add the pumpkin and apple and cook until the chutney is thick and the pumpkin is cooked through (this could take 2 hours).
  5. Taste and vary spices according to your liking, then jar in to dry, clean jars and start decorating your label! Happy Pumpkin preserving!

This recipe was kindly donated to the #PumpkinRescue campaign by Rubies in the Rubble.