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Monday, December 16, 2013

Spicy Fruit jam

I made these little pots of gold for Christmas gifts. Needless to say, the teachers at school thoroughly enjoyed them. This recipe is easy, fun and the added spices gives it a lovely festive feel (:

You need 

900 grams of fruit (mix chopped apples, pears, oranges and mandarins)
(I did not peel any of the fruit, but you can if you want to)
4 cloves
2 star anise seed pods
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
The rind and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups of white sugar
1/4 cup of honey

1 large pot / a rice cooker. 

How now?

Add it all to a rice cooker, and allow it to heat up for a few minutes. 

Once it has switched over to warming mode, let it warm for 1 hour, 30 minutes ( It should simmer for that time,,) Then, allow it to boil for 10 minutes without the lid on. 

Once the water has all evaporated away and the sugar has dissolved into a lovely sugary syrup, your jam is ready!! 

Alternatively, use a pot and and do the same..(: Simmer for about 1 hour with the lid half on, and then boil for 10 minutes. Stirring every now and then. )

A good test to see if your jam is set is - place a plate in the fridge for a few minutes. When it is cold, drop a spoon of your jam ( that you suspect is ready) onto it. Give it a few minutes- it should be jelly like.. if not. boil a LITTLE longer!! NOT TOO long or you will caramelize the sugar. 

Bottle whilst still warm and VOILA!! yum!!

I will post Marmelade jam next (:


  1. I like the artisitc touch that yo've added Sanja, gives the whole idea of slaving away at the jam-pot for hours a rewarding alternative!

    Would you consider a sun-jam recipe for a future blog? ;)

  2. Thanks Rik! Maybe I will try it sometime (: sunjam... funny!!