Apple and Cinnamon Jam- Winter in a Jar!
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In the excitement of seeing my blog in the morning and to see how many likes I’ve gained so far, I woke up early and and all I can say is my morning went from good to great as soon as I checked out my FB page! Surpassed 100 likes in a day! 1st Milestone! Yayyie for Foodtravelfashion. *victorydance*
Today I’m sharing the recipe of my beloved Apple and Cinnamon jam, or “winter in a jar” as I like to call it! Jam making is a dreaded activity, Indians don’t make jams as much as they should and with all the range of fruits and veggies we have available, I think we can make 5 types of jams for each season! Oh, there’s an idea. I’m going to think about it and will come up with 5 jam recipes for this winter season! But on a serious note, the comfort of making your own jam and then waking up and eating it the next morning on your favorite bread with a little butter is ~ out of this world! So before you decide to just put off the idea of making your own jam, just read the ingredient list and decide for yourself! This jam recipe does not require any complex ingredients, all the ingredients are so easily available and the process is easy too. And I bet, once you make your own jam you will never ever eat that cheap crap available at the supermarkets.
Here goes the recipe, I hope you enjoy it!
Winter in a jar- Apple and Cinnamon Jam!
What are we using?
5 Medium Sized Apples or 900 gms Apples
400 gms Sugar
370 ml Water
1 Lemon (Juice and Rind)
1-2 Cloves (optional) for that extra feel of winters
1/3 of a whole Cinnamon stick
I’m a sucker for cinnamon, so I used an extra tsp of cinnamon powder and put that when my apples were done cooking. You can see my beautiful cinnamon through that golden goodness of my jam! This recipe is forgiving and if the ingredients are a little here and there, it won’t matter. I anyway never follow recipes thoroughly, I read them and adjust them to my taste. Like this recipe called for 700 gms of sugar, but who can eat that much? 😮 I know I can’t. This is a sweet jam, but not one of those crazy super sweet jams that could give you Diabetes!
Now, What are we doing?
Step 1: Wash the apples, remove the stalks and only the stalks! Do not peel or remove the core of the apples, that’s what’s going to make your jam, jam-like. Dice the apples (shapes don’t matter) and put in a pan with the lemon juice, lemon rind, cloves (if you’re using it), cinnamon stick and water. Cook until the apples on a low heat until the apples are tender and reduced to a pulp. After 40 minutes of cooking, when the apples have lost their color and start to look opaque, they’re done.
Step 2: Take the apples off the heat and sieve them to the last drop! In this process, you will sieve out cinnamon, cloves, the core and all the unwanted stuff. What you’re left with is one hell of a pulp.
Step 3: Put the pulp is a heavy bottomed pan and add the sugar (this is when I added the cinnamon powder, you can too, as I said earlier this recipe is very forgiving). Let the sugar melt on low heat. Once the sugar melts and the mixture looks smooth to you (shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes), bring it to a roaring boil and keep stirring. The jam has to boil for exactly 10 minutes with constant stirring. Do a quick cold plate test (mentioned below). If your jam wrinkles, it is done.
Store in sterilized jars and consume within a month.
Enjoy this sunshine on a toast with butter and tea!
Cold plate test-
Put a saucer in the freezer when you start making the jam. Once your jam is done, put a drop on it and freeze for a minute. Take out your saucer after a minute and press on the jam to see if it wrinkles, if it does then its ready, if not cook for a another 3-4 minutes and repeat the test.
I hope you enjoyed reading my recipe. Please visit regularly for daily recipes, travel posts and fashion tips!