Back in August I posted a recipe for Berry and Cherry Jam. For the Lets Make Christmas Event at Fortnum and Mason in London, I have made a more festive version, in a flip-top preserving jar to enter into the Preserves Category.
- 1kg of mixed berries and cherries (I used 800g of a frozen Red Berry Mix - strawberries, blackberries, red and black currants, and 200g of frozen pitted cherries)
- 1kg of Preserving Sugar (unfortunately I did not have a packet of Jam sugar!)
- 30g Unsalted Butter
- Good Squeeze of Lemon Juice
- 60ml Cherry Brandy
- You will also need some cleaned and sterilised Jam or Preserving Jars – sterilise them either using a hot cycle in a dishwasher, or by filling them with boiling water prior to filling. Either way, the jars will be very hot, so make sure to use a folded tea-towel or oven gloves!
Place all the berries and cherries into a large microwaveable bowl (about 2.8l capacity) – it doesn’t matter if they are fresh or still frozen at this point!
Microwave on full power for 7 minutes.
Microwave on full power again for 26 minutes, stirring halfway through. Be careful – at this point the jam will be boiling, and you must take care to use a tea-towel or oven mitts to remove the bowl from the microwave.
Using the jug, fill each of the hot jam jars with your jam up to just below the thread on the neck of the jar. Put the lid on the jar as soon as you can, wiping up any spills on the neck of the jar.
If you are using Jam Jars, turn the jars upside down for at least 30 minutes – this will help form the vacuum seal in the jar. When you turn the jars over, you may notice that if you had lids with the little pressure buttons in the middle, that the button is now depressed! This step is not necessary if you are using Preserving Jars.
Decorate with a festive ribbon to give as a gift!