Tuesday, 15 June 2010
We're Jammin', We're Jammin'.....
So, it took me a week (or two) to finally get round to making the jam. I saw 2 punnets of apricots on discount at the supermarket and bought those thinking apricot and mango sound divine! Thought my sad little mango probably wouldn't be enough so bought a cheap small one to join it.
When it came to making the jam yesterday, my unripe mango (sitting sadly naked in the fridge - well, it was peeled and had nothing but clear cling film to shield it's modesty!) was beginning to look a little brown and squishy in places. I cut the unsightly portions off and proceeded to sample the fruit. Still did not taste good. Still sour and now a nasty aftertaste (mango prob past its best). OK, bin time for the poor mango!
When I was sure the sugar was dissolved (this is very important because if there are undissolved sugar crystals, they will stick and burn on the bottom of the pan when you do the next stage - boiling), I turned up the flame and let the mixture come to a rolling boil (that won't go down when stirred). Careful! Use a large pan to make the jam as boiling hot sugar is very hot and can scald! Boiling jam does spit too!
Mmmm...! It's surprisingly good! An intense fruity hit of apricot and peach which is pleasantly sweet and tangy without the sweet sickliness of store-bought apricot jam. I think the golden orange hue comes from the cherries I added! :0) I think this would delicious on warm buttery scones or even a simple swiss roll. I'm pleased with this batch of jam!