Thursday, 16 July 2015

Wild Blackberry Jam

Sweet and fruity with the BEST blackberry flavour, this easy to make jam is made with a little less sugar than normal, no added pectin and is still perfectly delicious.
Smooth Wild Blackberry jam - 3 ingredient, no added pectin. Make the most of those bramble berries!
I know I'm a little early with this post. The brambles are barely showing signs of fruit, let alone being heavy with ripe berries. But I had a stock of frozen blackberries that needed using up so I thought now would be a good time clear them out and show you the most wonderful forraged fruit jam recipe. This way you'll be raring to go with your own alchemy when those wild blackberries are begging to be picked. 
Smooth Wild Blackberry jam - 3 ingredient, no added pectin. Make the most of those bramble berries!
Jam making is one of those things that scares the living daylights out of some people because of the pan full of madly boiling sugar and fruit involved. Hand on heart, I swear there is nothing to worry about though if you are sensible. And if you can just pluck up the courage to give it a go, it will be easy to see just how simple jam making is. The best part is being rewarded with a jar full of smooth, fruity luxury. The texture is perfect to spread over hot buttered toast or crumpets or to sandwich between two halves of a Victoria sponge, oozing with freshly whipped cream. The flavour is equally divine. The perfect combination of sweet and sticky with a deep fruity flavour and just a little bit of tang to remind you of the fruit how it was before its transformation.
Smooth Wild Blackberry jam - 3 ingredient, no added pectin. Make the most of those bramble berries!
Just look at the colour too. Glistening like a beautiful jewel. If eating jam on toast isn't your thing how about baking it into a cake? Or into little Bakewell tarts, perfect for a summer afternoon tea. It would go well with a splash of champagne too if you want an excuse to celebrate. And really, no excuse is necessary when the season provides such bounty. Summer may be the time to get fruit in abundance but blackberries are the variety that ends the season in crowning purple glory.


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Wild Blackberry Jam
Sweet and fruity with the BEST blackberry flavour, this easy to make jam is made with a little less sugar than normal, no added pectin and is still perfectly delicious.
Ingredients
  • Blackberries (bramble berries)
  • Granulated sugar - 0.6 oz for every fluid oz of puree
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
1. Pick over the blackberries and remove any insects/leaves. Place in a large saucepan and crush a little. 2. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 mins stirring occasionally. 3. Sieve the pulp a bit at a time, pushing the pulp through to extract as much as possible. 4. Return the pulp to a cleaned out pan along with 0.6 oz of sugar for every fluid oz of pulp obtained. Add the lemon juice and set the heat to medium.5. Meanwhile, wash some jam jars in hot soapy water then rinse and place in an oven at about 140 C/120 C fan. Place a saucer in the fridge.6. Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat under the saucepan and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Stir continually until the mixture reaches 104-106 C on a sugar thermometer. Remove from the heat and place a tsp amount on the chilled saucer. Return to the fridge for 30 seconds. If the jam wrinkles a little when you push your finger through it, it is ready. If not, return to the boil again and repeat as necesary.7. Pour the jam into the sterilised, heated jars right to the topand cover with waxed paper or discs of baking parchment. Cover with lids.8. Immdediately add lots of washing up liquid to the jam pan and fill with hot water. Let it soak for a little bit and this will make cleaning far easier.

I'm sending this jam recipe off to Credit Crunch Munch - the foraged fruit make it incredibly cheap to make. This month Camilla at Fab Food 4 All is hosting and alternates with Helen from Fuss Free Flavours. Also to the Great British Blackberry Round Up hosted by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen for all recipes showcasing blackberries.

19 comments:

  1. I love home made jam and especially Blackberry for it's taste and the fact that it is so freely available:-) Thank you for entering #CreditCrunchMunch with this very frugal entry:-)

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  2. I've never made jam before but now I am home more and have loved reading this recipe especially as blackberries are my favourite, I think I am going to give it a go. Wish me luck!

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    1. Good luck!! I'm sure you won't need it though. I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to pop back and let me know how you get on!

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  3. Lovely looking jam, Laura. Thank you so much for joining us for The Great British Blackberry Recipe Round Up.

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    1. My pleasure Janice. I'm glad you are hosting it.

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  4. Absolutely, nothing beats homemade jam!

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  5. The early bird gets the worm...and the jam! Ditch the worm, take the jam (and the toast and the coffee) and celebrate the morning! This looks yummy!

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    1. Oh definitely! A breakfast to savour.

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  6. I love homemade jams! This one is sensational!

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  7. Homemade jam sounds wonderful! I need to try jam making!

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    1. Oh definitely! You're sure to enjoy it :)

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  8. I thought it was a little early for blackberries, but they were turning in the Cotswolds in July, although they were very tart still. Thanks for sharing with #creditcrunchmunch

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    1. I got pretty lucky last year with a really good harvest then forgot about the ones I put in the freezer!

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  9. I've never had consistent luck with my jam making - it's a dark art that has not revealed itself to me yet! Yours looks ace though!

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