We've been keeping an eye out for brambles in our local area this year with the aim of picking and cooking lots of blackberries. We picked our first this week - not far from our house and upon weighing them realised we had enough to make a mixed fruit jam. This jam is really easy to make and the house smelled incredible while it was cooking.
Ingredients Bramley apples - 2 large, chopped Water - 0.25 pint Fresh blackberries - 450 g Lemon juice - 2 tbsp Sugar - 600 g Butter - knob
Methods 1) Put the apple pieces and water into a jam pan or large saucepan and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until the apple is soft. 2) Add the blackberries and lemon juice and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes until the blackberries have softened. 3) Add the sugar and stir well until dissolved. Stir in the butter. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 15 - 25 minutes until the jam has reached setting point - we didn't really know how to tell, but when the excess liquid had gone we turned the hob off and the jam turned out fine. Leave to cool down a little for 15 minutes. 4) Spoon into sterlised jars (place them upside down on a baking tray in the oven at 140°C for 15 minutes and fill while hot), cover with wax paper discs and their lids and leave to cool. Makes 1 kg.