Having neither chocolate spread, lemon or jam at Pancake Day caused a minor panic, so to the freezer I went. We had 400g of frozen mixed berries lying around and with that I made this delicious jam.
We originally bought the fruit for smoothies and a ‘health kick’, which then never happened, so now I’ve combined it with some sugar instead and enjoyed it with pancakes. Life, you know?
It does make quite a lot of jam, so if I was to make this again I would probably use half the amount as we’re only two people. This makes enough to fill up a normal jam jar, so if you’re a jam happy family then use the amount stated below, but if you’re just one person then I’d suggest saving some of the frozen fruit and using it for smoothies, ice cream, crumbles etc.
Mine has so far lasted a good week and a half in the fridge and still looks and tastes fine. If you have an airtight jar, then please use it as it’ll extend its life.
400g frozen berries (or fresh)
1 tbsp. golden syrup
4 tbsp. Demerara sugar
You don’t have to hover over the jam as it cooks, but it does require the occasional stir so it doesn’t stick. Feel free to have a cup of tea whilst it’s cooking – it should be a leisurely process.
Put the berries into a saucepan and heat gently till the fruit breaks down. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Taste the fruit and see how sweet it is. Add the syrup and sugar as you see fit. If the berries are very sweet, add less sugar. If they’re very tart, then add more sugar. The amount of sweetener I’ve used made a relatively tart jam, as I’m not that sweet-toothed, so play around with this.
Cook for a further 10 minutes till the mixture is thick.
Store in an airtight jar or in a bowl with some cling film over in the fridge.