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I need jam for upcoming recipes this week, raspberry jam to be exact. If you haven't made jam before, raspberry jam is the easiest jam to make, as raspberry seeds are packed with pectin that sets the jam for you without having to add any setting agents.
It tastes divine, keeps for one year in sterilised jars (though I think it's better when it's fresher), & can be made with fresh or frozen raspberries.
Raspberry Jam ( makes 2-3 jars depending on jar size)
450g (1lb) raspberries (fresh or frozen)
450g (1lb) sugar
1 small plate refrigerated (to test for setting point)
Put the berries and sugar in a large saucepan. Over low heat bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
Once the sugar has dissolved, increase heat and bring to the boil, boil 5-9 minutes until *setting point is reached. Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal.
Bit of tricky shot pushing jam with one finger and holding the camera with other hand, but hopefully you can see the "wrinkle" of jam for the testing stage.
Testing for setting point
Although traditionally raspberry jam has a looser set (a little bit runny) for filling cakes and cookies I like a firmer set. Starting testing for setting point from the 5 minute mark, by putting a small spoon of hot jam on your refrigerated plate. Wait 30 seconds and gently push the edge of the jam with your finger, if the jam wrinkles it's ready.
Of course you could use a sugar thermometer if you prefer --- 105C (221F)
For larger quantities of jam you can use a dishwasher to sterilise jars, but since we only have a couple of jars here we will use the oven.
Place your 2 clean jam jars on an oven tray in the oven, heat at 180C (350F) for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven with oven gloves to a heatproof surface when you are ready to fill your jars.
You can a tablespoon of liqueur if you like at the end of cooking the jam, Grand Marnier is nice with raspberries. Mature the jam for a few weeks to allow the liqueur and raspberry jam to meld.
Too sweet? Prefer your jam tarter? Add the juice of lemon at the start of the cooking process.
Here it fills Butterfly cakes; bake simple small vanilla cupcakes like the ones I used for tiramisu cupcakes, cut circle from the top of the cooled cake, cut that circle in half to form "wings". Fill the cakes with pure or clotted cream and freshly made raspberry jam, position the "wings", dust with icing sugar. Pretty cakes for afternoon tea or children's parties.