Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam

Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam

I recently went out foraging for apples and blackberries locally and although the apples weren’t up to much the blackberries were fab if a little difficult to harvest. Long sleeves, trousers, socks and a stick are must haves if you don’t want to get scratched and stung and another time I would bring gardening gloves too. It took me over an hour to gather just 600g as I think I’m not the only forager locally! This weekend I went to a car boot sale at a local farm where I managed to pick the same amount in about 20 minutes so it really is about being in the right place at the right time. I could have come home and made a blackberry and apple crumble or some such dessert but that would have put all my hard work to such a quick and frivolous use. No, it had to be jam to preserve the fruits of my labours so to speak. If I’m honest I do think I’ve fallen in love with jam making and if you’ve not tried it yet then I can’t recommend it highly enough. I haven’t had one disaster with jam making which I can’t say for many other areas of cooking!

Foraged Blackberries and apples

I researched various recipes and found that most of them wanted the blackberries and apples cooked separately which after spending so long picking the fruit seemed like an exercise I didn’t want to go through. I was so pleased to then find a recipe in  “The Classic 1000 Recipes” book (Foulsham) where the fruits were boiled in the same pan and so I adapted this recipe and gave some flesh to the bones of the method.

Foraged blackberries

My family loved this jam and even my pip hating husband did too. I think it tasted all the better for having foraged the blackberries and we have enough jars to take us into the winter as I made 6 jars of varying sizes.

Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam

As usual just before you start jam making just wash your jars and lids in hot soapy water, fill with boiling water, empty and then pop in the oven for 20 mins at 120°C and leave in there until you jam is ready.

Simple, one pan, bramble, foraging

So the sun came out today and we had scones – heaven:-)

As this jam is made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w’Luv “Made with Love Mondays” challenge.

Made with Love Mondays

Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam

It was overcast and starting to rain when I took this shot so colours not as vibrant as they should be!

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Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam
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A simple and delicious Blackberry and Apple Jam where the fruits are all cooked in one pot.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 6 jars approx
  • 600 g Blackberries, washed & drained
  • 500 g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into berry sized chunks
  • 1.1 kg Granulated sugar
  • 300 ml Water
  • 10g Butter
  1. Put the water and apple chunks in a preserving pan and simmer gently until soft (about 5 mins).
  2. Add the blackberries, bring to the boil and simmer until soft (about 15 – 20 mins).
  3. Add the sugar off the heat stirring to dissolve the crystals.
  4. Heat the pan gently to ensure all the sugar dissolves, then boil rapidly for 10 mins.
  5. Take off the heat and test a large drop of jam on a chilled saucer and if it crinkles after a couple of mins it’s ready.
  6. If not boil for another 2 mins and repeat test until ready.
  7. Remove excess scum with a slotted spoon and then stir in the butter to remove the rest.
  8. Ladle into sterilised jars. Makes 1.8 kg.


Easy Blackberry & Apple Jam

We even had Blackberry and Apple Jam Roly Poly – delicious:-)

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  1. Jane Davies

    I also never made my own jam thinking it would be a full scale operation but this seems pretty straight forward, bet it tastes a hundred times better than shop bought too !

    1. Camilla

      Jane this is my most popular jam and I’ve never tasted anything as good anywhere:-)

  2. Heather Haigh

    I’ve always been a bit scared of making jam, but you make it seem quite manageable.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, I like simplifying things were I can:-)

  3. Jane

    I have frozen blackberries and I was wondering if I should defrost them first?

    1. Camilla

      I wouldn’t have thought that neccessary, just cook them for longer and until they are soft:-)

      1. Jane

        Thanks Camilla, I did defrost them in the end and made the jam today. It was Lovely! Thank you. Smashing set too!

        1. Camilla

          Fabulous – thanks for letting me know:-) Very jealous I love this jam!

  4. Kaci Soderstrom

    Oh. I wonder if I can somehow make this smooth..

    1. Camilla

      This isn’t the right recipe for a jelly really as this has nice pieces of apple in it along with the blackberries.

  5. Maya Russell

    Was looking for easy jam recipes. Thanks!

    1. Camilla

      This is one of my most popular and it tastes amazing:-)

  6. Maddy

    Have some blackberries in the freezer!

    1. Camilla

      Same here – hope you get time to make this fab jam!

  7. Sue

    Should I use “jam sugar”? (I realise this is probably a stupid question but I’ve never made jam before!)

    1. Camilla

      No, jam sugar is something I used in my very first jam recipe but it makes for a very stiff jam if you’re not careful! I relied on the high pectin level of the Bramley apples in this recipe and in other recipes will add lemon juice to boost pectin levels when needed. Good luck with your 1st foray into jam making:-)

  8. michelle bennett

    Really cant beat homemade jam! My nan makes a really yummy apricot jam :)

    1. Camilla

      I’m with you there:-)

  9. Jane Middleton

    Looks yummy. My mum used to make home made jams, they were lovely

  10. Daniela James

    Lovely tangy taste! Will be making more of that :)

  11. kayleigh white

    I love jam, but never made any myself.

    1. Camilla

      Oh you really need to have a go – it’s quite addictive and not difficult:-)

  12. Heather

    Hello. Sounds a great recipe. Can’t wait to try. Thinking of adding some fruity red wine to make it a bit special for Xmas pressies. Do you think this would work and when/ how much would you add? Thanks.

    1. Camilla

      I’m probably not the best person to ask as I don’t like red wine and I’m also not a fan of jams with wines and spirits in – I like my jam to just taste of fruit on the whole! This jam is just so lovely as it is I fear adding anything to it might ruin it.

  13. Heather

    Sounds a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it later. If I were to add some fruity red wine, do you honk this would work and when/ how much would you add? Want to make it a bit special for Xmas gifts. Thank you!

  14. Tracy Nixon

    reminds me so much of Halloween! Making jam with berries!

  15. William Gould

    Looks good! Must try this when freezer is getting full of our little harvest!

    1. Camilla

      It’s really good, the apple gives it a lovely lightness:-)

  16. Anne Dalzell

    I made some great blackberry and strawberry jam last week but going to do another final forage today and make this!

  17. Katie

    Looks like a great recipe but what the 10g of butter for?

    1. Camilla

      It’s for getting rid of the scum at the end – a tip I learned from Delia:-)

  18. Judith Allott

    Sorry- me again! Am I using 500g of apple then peeling and coring them, or is that the weight to use after they have been cored and peeled? Obviously there’s quite a difference in the quantity between the two. Thanks for all your helpful advice.

    1. Camilla

      Hi, that’s ok:-) All weights are before peeling etc:-)

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