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Homemade Spiced Jam

Why opt for shop bought jam when you can make your own?!


  • Place the apple, the juice of half a lemon, one tablespoon of sugar and 625ml of water into a large pan over a medium heat. Bring to a boil, cook for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft. Mash the mixture and pass through a sieve into a bowl.

  • Return to the pan over a low heat, heat for 10 minutes, stir occasionally until the mixture has slightly reduced and thickened then leave to cool. Place a saucer in the freezer.

  • Place the berries in a saucepan, add the remaining sugar and stir. Leave to stand for 15 minutes, add the cinnamon and lemon juice a long with the apple puree. Heat while stirring occasionally for 45 minutes or until the berries are soft.

  • Reduce the heat, until the temperature reaches 104C, remove the plate from the freezer and drop 1 teaspoon of jam onto it. Let it set for 30 seconds then tilt slightly. If the jam slides down slowly it's ready. If not, cook for a little longer and test again. Remove the cinnamon.

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