Thursday, 23 May 2013


It was only a few days ago that the idea of making jam with Jasmine occurred to me.

There have been so many things I thought out of my reach.

As a mother.

As a person.

Self-imposed restrictions.

So today we made jam.

Gloriously sticky apple jam.

To make this jam, we used:

Four large apples
200ml water
10 large tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1tsp cinnamon

The apples were peeled, cored and chopped before being placed in a pan and covered with the water.  We put them on a medium heat and allowed them to simmer for 10-15 minutes, until soft.

Meanwhile, Jasmine insisted upon washing up!

Once the apples were soft, we added the sugar; Jasmine first measured it out into a jug before pouring it into the pan (off the heat).

We popped the pan back on to the stove and went to check on Sonny, who had been busying himself with his two favourite things - trains and paint!

After five minutes, we headed back to the kitchen to add the lemon juice and cinnamon to our jam, which was starting to thicken nicely.
To finish off, I blitzed it with a hand blender for less than a minute - just enough to smooth out the coarse edges but not enough to completely remove the texture.
We poured the jam into a glass pot, left it to cool for 30 minutes and then secured the lid before adding it to the fridge.
By tomorrow morning, it should be perfect to top our freshly buttered toast.

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