With having baby no.2 I've not had as much time to be a domestic goddess in the kitchen let alone improve my skills. I'm finally getting my mojo back and feel ready to cook and bake again. There's nothing more satisfying than cooking and baking all sorts of goodies for the family to enjoy.
My girls have a sweet tooth (can you tell from all the sweet treats they have gobbled in previous posts?!) and they both love good old traditional jam on toast or jam sandwiches.
I recently learnt how to make homemade jam with Maria and it really couldn't be easier. It is something I wish I'd never left so long to learn. Simple, easy and only four ingredients.
750g mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, red currants, strawberries) it works perfectly well with only some of the fruits. I've used strawberries and raspberries and it was still delicious. 500g jam sugar juice of 1/2 lemon 1 vanilla pod
How to make it:
1. Wash the berries and roughly chop the strawberries
2. Put the fruit in a saucepan with 50g water, the lemon juice, jam sugar and the vanilla pod. Heat slowly, stirring a little to help the sugar dissolve, then bring to the boil and boil rapidly until the setting point is reached, skimming any scum that rises.
3. Cool for 10 minutes and then place in clean sterilised jars.
There is no definitive answer to when the setting point is reached. I judged it when the ingredients started to thicken. It's also down to personal taste, I don't like mine too thick so I didn't leave it to get too thick in the pan. Bear in mind that it thickens a slight bit more once it has cooled in the jar.
Spending the morning with Maria Mayerhofer at her baking lab has change my baking habits for life. I highly recommend her baking classes, visit her website to find out more www.bakingwithmaria.com
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