Thursday, 18 August 2011

Pimms Jam

So, I'm currently obsessed with making jam. The latest and most awesome of my jammy ventures was thought-up by Fergus: Pimms Jam.

Oh my goodness it is yummy, and it's helping towards my aim of having both fruit and alcohol with every meal.

Here's the recipe (for 1 jar):

Pimms Jam Recipe

400g Strawberries
100g Apple*
1 Orange
1 Lemon
Mint Leaves
450g Sugar
100-200ml Pimms

1. Cut the strawberries and apple into teensy pieces and boil with just enough water to cover.
2. When mooshy, push through a sieve into a heavy-bottomed pan (they make the rocking world go round). Throw the dried mush away.
3. Add 450g sugar to the sieved liquid. Add the zest of an orange, and the juice of a lemon. Add several fresh mint leaves.
4. Boil until it reaches 105 degrees, or, if you don't have a thermometer, put a few blobs on a pre-chilled plate and if they quickly solidify then your jam will set.
5. Add 100-200ml of Pimms, depending how strong you want it.
6. Bring to the boil again, but not for long.
7. Put jam into a sterilsed jar.

I have made Pimms Jam Tarts, which are very nice. Next stop is Pimms Jam cream tea! Ooooh...!

*I realise apples aren't very pimmsy, but they are necessary for the pectin.

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