Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Strawberry, Rhubarb & Pomegranate Jam


I made this jam months ago. I even drafted the recipe ready to post! But somehow, I just didn't get round to photographing it.

There were originally 3 to 4 jars of the stuff..... pretty little Kilner jars which would have made lovely photos...... but they all got eaten. Some of the jam was whirled into Greek Yoghurt. Some of it ended up spiralled into delicious gluten free Swiss Roll. Some of it even found its way into Strawberry Crumble Muffins and then doughnuts made with Isabel's baked doughnut mix.


Realising there was only one jar left, it was time to grab the camera..... This jam is so lovely, that it would be a shame not to share.

Made with local summer strawberries, garden rhubarb and juicy pomegranate, it is beautifully sweet with a hint of tartness that ensures it is perfectly fruity but not sickly. Add it to anything from cakes and trifles, to ice creams and frostings for a flash of bright summer flavour and colour.


Of course it is also delicious on freshly made bread, but some of the last jar was used to make jam tarts using left over gluten free Pate Sucree (a sweet French tart pastry) that I made on a gluten free baking course last week with Adriana Rabinovich (I'll tell you all about that soon!). They were delicious and topped with a fresh raspberry (I had no strawberries to hand), they looked so so cute!

I am sharing my Strawberry, Rhubarb and Pomegranate Jam with :


Recipe of the Week with Emily at A Mummy Too.









Strawberry, Rhubarb & Pomegranate Jam (makes about 3 jars)

Ingredients

600g fresh strawberries - washed, trimmed, hulled and cut in half
400g rhubarb - trimmed and cut into 2 cm lengths
2 large pomegranates - de-skinned and deseeded by pushing through a sieve
625g caster sugar
juice of 1 lime
juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Sterilise your jars. - Wash clean with warm soapy water and place both jars and lids separately on a cold baking tray. Place the tray in a cold oven and turn to 140 C/275 F/Gas 1. When the oven has reached temperature, leave the jars to sterilise for a further 20+ minutes, whilst you make your jam. Take from the oven hot and fill straight away.
  2. Place the prepared strawberries, rhubarb and pomegranate juice in a heavy-bottomed pan and bring to simmer. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes until the fruit is cooked through and completely soft.
  3. Add the sugar and lemon and lime juice and bring to the boil. Allow to cook uncovered until the jam thickens. As it boils, skim off any foam and discard. The jam will be ready when it reaches 220 F/104 C (use a candy thermometer) or it passes the 'wrinkle test' (place half a teaspoon of jam on a cold plate and place in the freezer for about 1 minute. Push the edge with your finger and if it 'wrinkles' the jam is done. If not, boil a little longer)
  4. When cooked, remove from the heat and allow to stop bubbling before adding a teaspoon vanilla extract and stirring through.
  5. Pour the jam into sterilised jars. seal with the lids immediately and allow to cool completely at room temperature.
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10 comments:

  1. I love this idea since I've been thinking about making some jams for the past couple of months! What's about the longest time to keep it before becoming perishable?

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    1. Thank you Adi. Jam lasts for ages - months and even years (providing you have properly sterilised the jars before filling and they are properly sealed when hot). I made this jam back in about June, but would have no worries about keeping it well into next year (if it had lasted that long)!

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  2. Compared to my mum who makes jams every summer, I rarely make them and it is a shame really as they are not comparable to the shop bought stuff which often is far too sugary. Interesting to use pomegranates though, your jam looks really inviting.

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    1. It's funny Alida.... I hardly ever made jam either until a couple of years ago..... Then I realised how quick it was and the fact that if you have leftover fruit, you can make just one jar to use it up! Now I'm hooked!!! And yes.... It is so much better than shop bought jam xx

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  3. Sounds lovely - I particularly love berries and rhubarb together in jam - imagine pomegranate takes it to the next level

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    1. Thanks Johanna. I always see rhubarb as the underdog that came good! It can add so much. I think the pomegranate enhanced the jam's flavour, but it is by no means obvious in its presence!

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  4. I love the mix of fruits you've combined here to make this jam, and those little tarts are adorable!

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  5. I did this recipe and before using it for a potluck at church (made cinnamon french bread french toast) I spun it in the bullet. O M G made a hit, of something NEW, to use a a dipping sauce on the plate

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. That's fantastic! I can imagine how good that would be..... it has such a vibrant flavour.... Yum!

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