by Webmaster, 1st September 2021
Embrace autumn and try your hand at our delicious, seasonal jam recipes
Autumn is a time of abundance and there’s no better way to celebrate the season that to roll up your sleeves and prepare jam that will last throughout the winter. As well as foraging and picking your own fruit, like blackberries, apples, damsons and plums, there is plenty of choice in the shops at this time of year. As well as enjoying the fruits of your labour yourself, jam also makes the perfect gift for birthdays and Christmas, especially if you invest in some attractive jars, such as the flip top variety and add pretty fabric and ribbons.
If you’ve never made preserves, it may seem a little daunting, but jam-making is actually a very simple process to follow and once you’ve mastered the basics with one type of fruit, you can start experimenting with more adventurous ingredients.
Arguably all you need to make jam is a heavy bottomed saucepan, several jars, a wooden spoon and a ladle and some tasty, simple recipes. With seasonal ingredients, this traditional apple and blackberry recipe is not only one of the easiest to follow, it offers a true taste of autumn.
Apple and blackberry jam
500g Bramley apples, peeled, cored, quartered and cut into 2cm chunks
1 lemon, juiced
500g blackberries, fresh or frozen
1kg granulated sugar
Step one: Put the apples in a heavy pan or preserving pan with the lemon juice and 250ml water. Bring up to the boil, then simmer for five to eight minutes until soft.
Step two: Add the blackberries and sugar and stir to combine. Stir over a low heat until the sugar his dissolved, then turn the heat up to medium and simmer for 30-35 mins until the jam is at setting stage.
Step 3: Transfer the jam to sterilised jars using the ladle and a funnel, to within 5mm of the top.
For more, delicious jam recipes, download the autumn issue of Welsh Border Life at www.walesandborders.com