Easy Blackberry Jam

The weather is starting to turn, but we’re still having lots of sunny afternoons with cool breezes. And, there are still blackberries to be harvested. So, I thought I’d make some easy Blackberry jam with my last haul. It makes a small batch, which is approximately one jar. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon

After washing your blackberries very well, place in a small sauce pan with the sugar.

Next, grab a masher and spend several minutes smashing the heck out of those berries. You really want to get the juice flowing so that the berries become a liquid purée like mash up.

There will still be bits of berry, but as you can see above, it should have lots of juice. Place on the stove and set on high. I used mark 5.

Bring the berry mash to a boil, stirring it the entire time. By constantly stirring, you’ll ensure it does not burn. Once it boils for about 5 minutes, put on medium low and simmer until it thickens. You’ll know it’s ready when it coats the spoon.

Juice the lemon, and stir in the liquid while the berry mixture is still hot.

Make sure your jar is already prepared. It needs to be thoroughly cleaned and boiled to sterilise. While the liquid is still hot, spoon jam into the jar. It will firm up as it cools.

And there you have it, one batch of Easy Blackberry Jam! This is the perfect way to preserve the last of the summer fruit to enjoy into the cold winter months. Stir it in porridge, put it in yogurt, or enjoy on some toast! However you slice it, this jam is just too easy to pass up. Give it a try before the berries disappear. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Jam Loaf

Here goes another week of using jam in your baking. I used to make a lot of things like this when I was a kid because it was an easy way to bake something sweet using ingredients already in the pantry. As an adult, it’s something I can whip up with little notice for a mid week treat or weekend brunch. Here is what you’ll need:

1/2 cup (100 g) sugar

  • 3/4 cup (150 g) butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup (100 g) course coconut flour or dessicated coconut
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 3/4 cup (250 g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6-7 tablespoons jam

First, cream the sugar, butter, and almond essence.

Next, beat the eggs. I prefer doing this in a separate bowl to get them well mixed before I add them in. If you have a mixer, you may not need to do this, but if mixing by hand like myself, this step will help.

You will then mix the eggs into the sugar and butter. This will be easier to do if your butter and eggs are room temperature. I forgot to do this, but it still turned out ok.

Next, add the coconut and mix well, absorbing the liquid fully.

Add the milk next, mixing fully into the batter.

To the batter, add the flour a little at a time, mixing after each addition.

At this point, preheat your oven to 180 C / 350 F. Go ahead and line a loaf tin and spread half the batter in. Then, spoon the jam onto the middle of the batter.

Next, cover the jam with the rest of the batter.

Pop it in the oven for 45-55 minutes. The time will really depend on your oven. Just keep an eye on it, and maybe check it at the 40 min mark. Also, if you feel it is browning more than you’d like, move it to the lower shelf or place some foil on top.

And there you go, an easy jam loaf you’re sure to love! This is super easy to make and is a great way to enjoy your summer jam. It also makes a decent amount, more than enough to enjoy and share.

The finished product produces a lovely ripple of color in the middle and I may try to do another layer of jam the next time I make this. Since we’ve got a lot of rain in the forecast this weekend, maybe we all should bake up a loaf to say goodbye to summer. Until next time, thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Easy Treats: Jam Foldovers

I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend! I went to Reading and am still exhausted, so decided to do an “easy treat”. This will begin a side series of treats I’ll be creating every now and again. These treats are meant to be easy and semi-quick. A friend recently gave us a jar of homemade fig jam, so this recipe is the perfect idea for an easy midweek treat. I’ll attempt to make my own puff pastry when it gets colder, but for now, nah! Here is what you’ll need:

Pre-made puff pastry

  • Jam
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • Sliced almonds
  • Brown sugar

I’m only making 4 pastries, so I cut the dough in half.

I then cut four equal rectangle pieces of dough.

I then gave the rectangular pieces of dough a slight stretch to elongate them a bit (as you can see on the right). I also rounded the edges, but that is optional.

Move the dough onto a lined baking sheet. Next, fold it slightly, and place about a tablespoon of jam onto the middle half of the dough.

Fold over the dough and give it a light pinch on the folded end.

For the egg wash, beat an egg, and brush it over the top of each pastry and along the edges.

Next, sprinkle the sliced almonds and brown sugar on top.

Place the pastries in the oven at 180C / 350F for 15 minutes, or until the top has puffed up into a nice golden brown.

And there you go, an easy treat for mid week! These jam fold overs were super easy to make, but look like waaay more effort was put into them. They were quick to prepare in time for the first episode of The Great British Bakeoff! Super excited for this season, if only to get a dose of Noel Fielding every week.

If you have some jam from this summer’s garden, try these Jam Foldovers. They’re also an easy treat to make for the office or a charity bake sale. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!