Well I don’t know that this even counts as a recipe! It’s so simple. :)
- Fresh or frozen berries (Blueberries or Mixed Berries are good. Don't use just raspberries, see update below.)
Juice of 1 lemon
Honey to taste.
- Put your berries into a saucepan with enough water to cover the base.
- Heat over medium heat until boiling.
- Reduce the heat to medium/low and simmer, stirring occasionally.
I used frozen berries and left them on the stove for between 30-45 minutes until thickened. It will thicken further when cool. Be careful in the last 15 minutes that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
As sugar acts as a preservative in jam, this version won’t keep as long. Store in the fridge for a week or so.
In summer, use fresh fruit and store in zip lock bags in the freezer.
You can add lemon juice to add more pectin to help set. I’ve tried this with a bag of frozen mixed berries and also blueberries. I didn’t find I needed the lemon juice.
Add honey to taste, but again, I didn’t think it needed any.
There it is; the simplest recipe ever!
UPDATE: I tried this recipe with a bag of frozen raspberries and I wasn't happy with the results. It makes a lovely coulis, but not jam. You have to strain out the seeds of the raspberries and after doing that there's only a raspberry juice left that doesn't thicken very much. I'll have to see what I can make with this raspberry coulis!
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Try it in my Berry & Coconut Slice or on my English Scones.