We’re not really a jam family. We don’t usually have jam on hand, but we definitely enjoy it when we do. I love jam on toast with a piece of cheese (cheese? what? trust me it tastes good) and hubby enjoys the good ol’ peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
I recently made some Master Chef inspired melting moments and needed some jam for them so I had to rely on a recipe I used to use once upon a time. I haven’t made it often, but it comes out so well and definitely tastes better than store bought jam. I don’t know exactly when and where I started using this recipe but I do remember that I based it on having briefly watched Jamie Oliver making jam on one of his shows, I wouldn’t say this is his recipe because I honestly don’t remember exactly what he did, but some of the techniques and ideas definitely came from watching him.
2 cup berries (I used frozen raspberries)
2/3 cup water
2 tblsp sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
A few drops of lemon juice (not entirely necessary)
Put all the ingredients on a medium to high heat on the stove and let it come to a light boil. Skim off any foam that forms on the top. When foam stops forming, mush the berries with a fork or spoon. When you notice it has thickened it’s pretty much done. It will set further once cool. The recipe is very adaptable, it can be halved, doubled, tripled etc.
No matter how you like it, in a peanut butter sandwich, on biscuits, in donuts or on toast with a piece of cheese, this is a great easy recipe for homemade jam.