Apple & blackcurrant jam
A fruity jam perfect for breakfast time and snacks
- Preparation: 20 mins
- Cooking: 25 mins
What you need:
- 500g blackcurrants, fresh or frozen thawed
- 500g bramley cooking apples
- 2 tbsp cassis
- 1 x 1kg pack preserving sugar
- You will also need:
- 4 x 450g (1lb) jam jars with lids and 4 waxed discs
What you do:
- Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks and place the fruit in a large preserving pan (or a very large saucepan).
- Add the blackcurrants and cassis along with 2 tablespoons of water and cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes until the apple and blackcurrants have reduced to a soft pulp – add a little more water if the fruit sticks to the base of the pan.
- Add the sugar and stir over a low heat until it is completely dissolved. Raise the heat and bring to the boil.
- Cook the jam at a rapid boil, stirring occasionally to prevent the jam burning on the bottom of the pan.
- The jam should take 5-7 minutes to reach setting point – to test when it is ready spoon a small amount of jam on to a cold saucer.
- Leave for one minute and then, using the tip of your finger, push the jam and if it wrinkles then setting point has been reached. If it isn't quite ready, continue to boil the jam and test 2 minutes later.
- Towards the end of the cooking time, sterilise the jars. Preheat the oven to 120C, fan 110, gas ½. Wash and dry the jars, place them on a baking tray and heat in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Pour the jam into the hot jars, add a waxed disc to each one and seal with a lid.
- When the jam is cold, it is ready to eat!
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British Blackcurrant Foundation
British blackcurrants are renowned and bred for their deep purple colour, which indicates a high level of anthocyanins (disease fighting antioxidants) that guard against ageing, joint inflammation, eyestrain, kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, cancer and urinary tract infections. Blackcurrants are also deliciously tasty and easy to incorporate into even the most hectic of schedules! Whether sprinkled in your porridge, baked into a pie or simply sipped as a juice.
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