Having read about the early bramble season I could wait to go our local park to see if I could find any blackberries last weekend. Sure enough there were ripe blackberries but not in huge quantities so there was a lot of pain to gain because of course the big lush blackberries are always the ones that are completely out of reach! After buying my daughter an ice cream and watching her play in the park we came home with our booty (I say we, my daughter really has no interest in blackberries)! The following day I found myself in another part of town and found a hidden pathway next to some allotments which was virtually overgrown with swathes of blackberries far bigger and juicier than the booty from the previous day. With no bag on my I found an old but fairly clean polystyrene cup on the ground and used that to pick many more blackberries with my 2 children waiting patiently asking when we could go home! I remember my mum picking blackberries as a kid and I expect I didn’t join in either! On one occasion she fell into the brambles by the side of the road on a sloping embankment (so I blame my genes)!
When I came home I knew I had to make jam (yes this is my guilty pleasure) but wanted to make one with some raspberries that I had in the freezer. Not wanting to drown out the raspberry flavour with the blackberries I knew I need to have an equal quantity of each fruit. As I only had 310g of raspberries that is what dictated the quantities of this recipe which will make 2 average sized jars of jam. So please feel free to scale this recipe up if you have more fruit, the timings may be affected though!
So what was the jam like? Well my son was my first guinea pig and he nodded his head madly before he could speak with a mouth full of scone. Then I garnered my husband’s opinion (who hates fruit with bits in) who said it was really nice and would be even better if I had sieved it!! I was really impressed with the rich colour and the intensely fruity taste which was delicious on a scone!
- 310g Blackberries
- 310g Raspberries (I used frozen)
- 2 tsp Lemon juice
- 50 ml Water
- 620g Granulated sugar
- Put blackberries, raspberries, water and lemon juice in a preserving pan (or very large pan) and bring slowly to the boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until fruit is soft.
- Add sugar, stirring over a low heat until it has all dissolved.
- Bring pan to a rolling boil and time for 6 minutes.
- Take pan off heat and put a few drops of jam on a chilled plate and plae in fridge for a minute.
- Push your finger through the jam and if it feels jelly like and forms a crinkle then it is ready.
- If not put pan back on heat and boil for another 2 minutes and so on.
- Skim any scum off with a spoon.
- Ladle the jam into sterilised warm jars and put lids on immediately, if using cellophane put waxed discs on and allow to cool before adding cellophane lids.
- Label once cool.
Sterilise jars by washing in hot soapy water or dishwashing, filling with boiling water, emptying and then placing in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C then leave in oven until jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.
If you’d like to see more ways of using foraged blackberries then check out these posts:
Apple & Blackberry Crumble from Greedy Gourmet
Blackberry Flapjacks from Utterly Scrummy
Nectarine & Blackberry Muffins from Blue Kitchen Bakes
Gluten Free Blackberry Blondies from Maison Cupcake
Lemon & Basil Meringues with Blackberry from Franglais Kitchen
Blackberry, Golden Raspberry, Banana & Chocolate Fruit Tart from Kavey Eats
Blackberry & Bourbon Eton Mess from Cook Sister
Allotment Mixed Berry Galette with a Cinnamon & Spelt Pastry from How to Cook Good Food
Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam from me!
Blackberry & Apple Loaf from me!
I am entering my jam into a few events:
Mine and Fuss Free Flavours‘ Credit Crunch Munch hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
A Mummy Too’s Recipe of the Week
Supergolden Bakes’ Cook Blog Share
Honest Mum’s Tasty Tuesdays
Ren Behan‘s Simple and in Season hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary