***WARNING! I MADE THIS TODAY, SO IT HASN'T SAT FOR LONG ENOUGH YET***
6 cups ( about three apples), chopped into 1-1.5 cm chunks. Use varieties which will stay firm when you cook them. I actually used four because two were only partial: Cortland, Ida Red, Northern Spy and Granny Smith.
1.5 cups raisins
0.5 cups dried cranberries (this is just in here because my landlady has some, and I wanted some variety, not all raisins)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts and pecans (straight pecans seemed like it would be a bit much, but I prefer pecans to walnuts)
0.75 cup packed brown sugar (I used golden, but I think that the darker the better)
0.25 cup butter, melted (unsalted, like always when you're baking, but who ever has that around?)
0.5 cups apple juice (or use a mix of apple cider and brandy, but I have neither of those)
zest and juice of half a lemon and half an orange (Don't forget to wash them!)
pinch of salt (skip this because you used salted butter)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
0.5 tsp each: nutmeg (as both cookbooks suggested I used freshly grated/ground nutmeg); allspice; ground cloves
You also need some thickener because I cut back so much on the sugar- I added flour as I was cooking it, but I'd recommend cornstarch (I didn't have any)
Mix all the above ingredients together and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and gently simmer until the fruits and nuts are glazed with a thick syrup.
Refrigerate for three days.
What I'm planning on changing for next time: cutting the apples smaller and (hopefully) more evenly; definitely brandy; bump up the spices a lot (particularly the cloves/allspice); add dates