Homemade Apple Jam with a Spicy Kick!

Every now and then, there comes an ingredient or a recipe that evokes more than just the flavors of the dish – it transports you to memories, seasons, and emotions. Today, I’m here to guide you on one of such journeys, where we take unassuming apples from a backyard garden and elevate them to a jar full of autumnal magic.

A Little Backstory

The apples in question were rescued from my mother-in-law’s garden. With a little ingenuity and a sprinkle of love, these underdogs were reborn as a delicious jam that tastes like a cozy autumn day.

Why Opt for Homemade Apple Jam?

You might wonder, “Why make jam at home when there are countless store-bought options?” Well, here’s why:

  • Pure & Wholesome: No preservatives, no artificial additives. Just pure apple goodness.
  • Tweak it Your Way: Want it spicier? Or perhaps a bit more tart? You’re the chef here!
  • The Joy of Creation: There’s unparalleled joy in crafting something with your hands. Plus, imagine the delight on the face of a loved one when they receive a jar of your homemade jam as a gift.

Homemade Apple Jam Recipe

This apple jam is perfect slathered on toast, drizzled over pancakes, or even just spooned straight from the jar! The fresh ginger offers a pleasant warmth, making this jam a perfect embodiment of the autumn season
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Condiments, Jams, and Spreads
Cuisine European
Servings 7 standard jam jars

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 kg of garden apples a mix of tart and sweet varieties work best
  • 500 g of sugar adjust based on the sweetness of your apples and personal preference
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1.5 tablespoons of cinnamon the heart of autumn flavors
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger for that subtle kick
  • 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg warm and aromatic
  • 1/2 cup of water

Instructions
 

Preparation:

  • Start by washing, peeling, coring, and dicing the apples. Immerse them in water mixed with some lemon juice to prevent browning.

Cooking:

  • In a large pot, combine the apples with sugar, lemon zest, remaining lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and water.

Boiling:

  • Bring the pot to a roaring boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer. The apples should become soft and start breaking down.

Blending:

  • If you fancy a smoother jam texture, blend the mixture. An immersion blender will make this step a breeze.

Final Boiling:

  • With the jam blended, bring it back to a boil and then let it simmer until it achieves your desired thickness.

The Plate Test:

  • To check its readiness, drop a bit of the jam onto a cold plate. Swipe your finger through it. If the line holds without the jam running back into it, it's ready!

Jar It Up:

  • Sterilize your jars by boiling them. Pour the jam into the jars while it's still hot, seal them tight, and let them cool to room temperature.

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This apple jam isn’t just a spread; it’s an experience. Each bite is reminiscent of cozy autumn mornings, warm spices, and the joy of creation. So the next time you’re looking for a cooking project or simply wish to capture the spirit of autumn, remember this recipe.

Now, it’s your turn to craft, taste, and share this magical concoction. Dive into the world of homemade jams, and let every jar tell its enchanting story.

If you try out this recipe or make any tweaks, I’d love to hear about it! After all, the joy of cooking lies in sharing, experimenting, and enjoying the process.

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