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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.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 6 jars approx
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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:-)

  19. Claire Jacobs

    cannot beat some good jam on a fresh scone!

  20. marion king

    i have the blackberries and apples all ready but i would like to ask could i use artificial sweetner, because my hubby is a diabetic. he can eat LOW SUGAR jam for diabetic’s now problem, or do i just use less sugar??

    1. Camilla

      I’m afraid artificial sweetners and jam are not my area of expertise as I avoid sweetners like the plague. All I know is that the sugar acts as the preservative so you need a certain amount roughly equal to the fruit or just under usually. Sorry I can’t help:-(

  21. Judith Allott

    Looking forward to making my jam, but want to make 2 or 3 times the quantity. Will I need to boil it for longer?

    1. Camilla

      I wouldn’t triple the recipe or it might boil over. I would boil for the same amount of time and just extend time if necessary and maybe put a couple of extra saucers in the freezer just in case! Good luck.

  22. Maggie

    Had a glut of pears so did blackberry, apple and pear jam, delicious

    1. Camilla

      Excellent, bet it’s lovely:-)

  23. Norma Jane

    Just made this jam and I’m delighted with the outcome, thank you for making it so easy . Xx

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, so glad you like it:-)

  24. Kirsty

    Am about to try this recipe after a very successful forage over the weekend. I’m planning on adding some elderberries which have been left over after making 2ltrs of elderberry gin :D. Due to their low pectin content, would you advise substituting a tiny amount of sugar with some preserving sugar? I don’t want to end up with a ‘jelly’, but likewise would like a little stiffness to the jam?
    Thanks in advance…….

    1. Camilla

      Hi, please don’t use preserving sugar (my pet hate) just use a little lemon juice! In my One Punnet Strawberry Jam http://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/quick-one-punnet-strawberry-jam/ I used 1 teaspoon for about 230g of strawberries so a ratio of roughly that would work well for the weight of the elderberries that you’ll be adding. Good luck.

  25. Emma

    Just made the jam with eating apples and it worked a treat – delicious

    1. Camilla

      Great that’s good to know, thank you for letting me and other readers know;-) I never like to guarantee something will work unless I’ve tried it myself (or someone else has):-)

  26. Aylene Kelleher

    Hi Camilla
    I am ready to make the jam.
    Can it be eaten straight away once cooled or do you have to wait two weeks like chutney :-)

    1. Camilla

      Yes it can be eaten as soon as it cools:-) Good luck!

  27. Alison H

    Hi , I’m all ready to make my jam , but I only have jam sugar , will it be ok ??
    Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Nooooooo, please don’t use jam sugar it ruins the texture of jam and makes it leathery and stiff in my opnion, plus it will be extra stiff as the pectin in the apples is enough to set this jam. Wait until you can buy some granulated sugar or borrow from your neigbbours (mine are used to my requests LOL)! This is such a lovely jam with a lovely soft texture, please do it au naturel:-)

  28. Irene Wright

    Reminds me of when we were kids and Mum never let anything go to waste. We were sent out to pick blackberries in season & pick up fallen apples and bring them home for Mum to concoct some sort of jam. It usually was nice & lovely on toast for breakfast – especially when fresh

    1. Camilla

      So happy to bring back your childhood memories, the food ones are really vivid.

  29. Emma

    Just made this jam, first ever attempt to make jam and it has turned out really well. really simple recipe to follow. thank you.

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, thank you so much for letting me know:-)

  30. Joe

    Ive just potted mine now and so far so good I made 3 times the recipe. I sieved 3 pots to make a kind of jelly although I didn’t have any gelatin but I did it anyway as there is an abundance of blackberry’s here this year “West of Ireland”. I’ll let you know how it turned out.

    Thanks for the recipe

    Joe

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, it’s a jam I can’t have enough of:-) We’ve had an abundance here too!

  31. P. Grant

    Hi, This recipe turned out great and I doubled up the amounts, no
    problem and lovely jam, thank you.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, glad you liked it:-)

  32. Jane Reardon

    Hi Camilla, just back from blackberry picking with the kids & looking for inspiration- this recipe looks great. Will it work if I use eating apples? – we’ve got lots on the tree but no Bramleys. Thanks x

    1. Camilla

      I really don’t think eating apples would be suitable as they tend to hold their shape (ie firmer) on cooking and would be sweeter too affecting the sugar balance in the jam. Not having made it with eating apples I woudn’t like to say it’s OK.

  33. P. Grant

    Just off to make my jam, and was pleased to find this recipe, also
    the comment about the weight of apples as I did wonder about that too. Thank you.

    1. Camilla

      Great, happy jam making – do let me know how you get on:-) I love this jam:-)

  34. Siobhan

    Hi, lovely lovely jam. How long can the jam last in the fridge?

    1. Camilla

      Hi, thank you so glad you like it, it’s one of my favs:-) The jam should last for at least a year if not longer in a cool dark place and once opened between 3 – 6 months (if you use a clean spoon each time you don’t actually need to store it in the fridge) but I always kept mine in the fridge!

  35. David

    Nice,, simple recipe. Just made 6 pots from 1 kg of early wild blckberries (1hr to pick) plus Bramleys from the garden. Skipped the butter cos I don’r mind the “scum” on top. Now waiting for the pots to cooll. First tastings are delicious. Bramble jam is a favourite: Intense fruity flavour good colour and easy to make set (even easier if you use preserving sugar with added pectin but prob not nec for this recipe, so apple has so much in already. Thanks!

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, a firm favourite here, glad you found it easy:-) I ditched using pectin after my first jam making session as I just don’t like the firm set it gives and aim for something a bit softer.

  36. Ben Tinsley

    Hi,

    my jam didn’t have the normal texture of jam, it was way too thick and almost had a slight toffee taste. Not sure what i did wrong. It took almost 20 mins not the 10 mins as described. Maybe my pan was too small which limited how much of a rolling boil i could do. Any tips?

    1. Camilla

      Hi Ben, yes you need a large preserving pan or one of equivalent size so that you get a full rolling boil without fear of it boiling over. Your jam was obviously ready way before the 20 minutes so hence it was too thick and the sugar had started to caramelise. I’m not sure how experienced you are at jam making but at the plate test stage the jam should just be “tacky” and like jel, it gets a lot thicker on cooling. I think the small sized pan set off a chain of unfortunate circumstanes:-( When you re-boil you should test at regular short intervals or you end up with glue and not jam. Wishing you better luck in your next jam project. With each failure we learn a valuable lesson so I hope you don’t get disheartened!

      1. Ben Tinsley

        Hi Camilla, Thanks for your quick response. At cooking savory foods i’d like to think i am pretty good. Though i don’t have much of a sweet tooth and i am pretty much a beginner at jam making. I still have loads of blackberries left so will do another batch now. Thanks for tips. :-)

        1. Camilla

          Great it’s not so bad making mistakes with free foraged food:-)

  37. Lisa Johnstone-Davies

    Hi, I had a query regarding the weight of the apples, is this before being peeled and chopped, or do you need 500g of apple cubes after it’s been peeled? Thanks :)

    1. Camilla

      That’s the weight before preparing:-) Good luck.

  38. Alison Turner

    Love this recipe I have only just this year started making my own jam and this looks gorgeous am going to have to give it a go :)

    1. Camilla

      It’s a real favourite and so easy to make:-)

  39. Gill Liu

    My first attempt at jam making inspired by a walk with my dog picking blackberries, and apples grown in my garden . What an I make next ?!!
    Gill

    1. Camilla

      If you like jam with apples I have a lovely Plum and Apple Jam which has a lovely rose colour to it and delicate flavour:-) http://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/plum-apple-jam/

  40. Sue Warner

    So easy to make, and lovely and fruity. Thanks

  41. Heather Haigh

    Wow, you have made so many jams now. This one has to be a winning combination too.

    1. Camilla

      I love apple in jam and this is one of my favs:-)

  42. Charlotte Wills

    I am soo looking forward to making this when the blackberries are ready in my area xx

  43. Barbiecrispin

    Yes , it worked perfectly and am about to try again today.Village fete stall tomorrow!

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous – I do love this jam:-)

  44. Felicity Kelly

    Looks delicious

  45. Felicity Kelly

    Looks wonderful

  46. jrhymer

    I love homemade jam looks delicious and easy – Thank you for the recipe :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, another pet favourite:-)

  47. Barbiecrispin

    Making this today from frozen blackberries collected last September . Will report back!

    1. Camilla

      Oh do! I also have blackberries in my freezer from last year:-)

  48. Gail Bennett

    I must remember this one when the next blackberry season comes around :-)

  49. Edward

    Fantastic
    Nice and easy
    Thank you

  50. K Mayers

    Blackberries & apples – yum! I love both, in many ways.
    I’ve never attempted to make jam or even marmalade. Strawberry jam is too sweet for me but these two together would be wonderful and I’m inclined to have my first attempt at jam-making. I hope it turns out as nice as yours!

    1. Camilla

      It is so fresh and lovely this jam and so easy to make, I do hope you give it a go:-)

  51. Paul Wilson

    Blackberry and apples – go together brilliantly.

  52. Emma P

    Thanks for this great recipe – I made it last week and it worked beautifully.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you for letting me know and glad it went well for you:-) It is a lovely jam:-)

  53. Maya Russell

    I didn’t know jam making could be so easy! I thought you had to get special jam making equipment, thermometers etc. I’ve some frozen fruit from the garden which I could defrost and use with our cooking apples. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      I hate fuss and nonsense and hence this recipe, others I’d seen cooked the fruits seperately which just didn’t seem logical to me:-)

  54. Gilla01

    I’m of the age group (now I’m feeling old) that has made home made jam. It definitely tastes far superior to bought, and is quite easy to make. I’ve never made Blackberry and Apple, perhaps I should get my pans out again………

    1. Camilla

      Oh do, what I love about home made jam is the different combinations of flavours you just can’t buy off the shelf too:-) And yes it is so easy, I really want more people to try jam making:-)

  55. Cheryl

    Thank you so very much for this recipie. My son and I have just made our 1st ever batch of jam and it has turned out amazingly. It also Tastes very nice too. The blackberries were from my garden and the apples were kindly given to me. Thanks again x.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you for telling me – I’m so glad you both enjoyed it, it’s one of my favourites:-)

  56. Cheryl

    Thank you so very much for this recipie. My son and I have just made our 1st ever batch of jam with this recipie. It has turned out and tatstes lovely. The blackberries were hand picked from my garden and the apples were given to me. I will be keeping some of it for myself and the rest will be given for Christmas presents. Thanks again x

    1. Camilla

      I’m so glad you both enjoyed it, thank you for telling me:-)

  57. Tracy Nixon

    Mmm yummy! I love jam – so do the kids – so might have a stab at this recipe! Thanks!

    1. Camilla

      I hope you do it’s really good:-)

  58. Irene Wright

    my Mums Raspberry jam was ‘to die for’ and I have never tasted anything like it since shed died 16 years ago.

    1. Camilla

      Funnily enough my mother was telling me about her sister’s Raspberry Jam using her own raspberries and said that her’s was the best she’d ever tasted! I asked a professional jam maker recently what her favourite flavour was and she said Raspberry which was the first one she ever made! Note to self: next year pick some raspberries and make Raspberry Jam ooh I’ve got a bee in my bonnet now LOL:-)

  59. Alison Hueck

    Do you have to use cooking apples, or will eating apples work?

    1. Camilla

      I think dessert apples would be too firm where as Bramleys are more porous which is better suited to jam.

  60. Elizabeth

    We used to do a lot of blackberry picking as children in Canada. Oh the wasp stings! wasps love blackberries too! Your jam sounds lovely! I spent £40 on some posh jam making stuffs at a local shop the other day and so I really ought to get cracking and make some jam! (and you have the longest Captcha EVER!)

  61. Ursula Hunt

    Bumper harvest this year so will try to make this, first time at making jam

    1. rosie

      I’m hoping to make this tonight as it’s the easiest apple jam recipe I’ve seen. I also made some plum jam and everybody LOVES it. We have 9 more jars to get through and by the looks of it, they won’t last long!! It’s such a thrill making jam and seeing the end results being enjoyed over breakfast.
      Happy Jamming!!

      1. Camilla

        Enjoy, jam making is so fabulous:-)

  62. Ann

    We are just back from bramble picking so I looked up the net for a recipe with apples in it. Saw your recipe, off now to pick some apples from the trees in the garden to put in with the blackberries. I have never made bramble jam with apples it is usually bramble jelly I make so this will be a first for me, so fingers crossed and thank you for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      And I’ve never made any form of jelly which I’m sure my husband would love as he’s not a fan of pips but has had to get used to them LOL. Do hope you enjoy the jam:-)

  63. cobweblil

    Looks delicious

  64. Hazel Rea

    We have a blackberry bush in our garden which produces masses of blackberries over the season – the first year it was quite small and we froze batches until we had enough fruit to make jam.

  65. Sarah Fawcett

    Perfect, just what I needed, me, the daughter and the Retriever are going Blackberrying this weekend, I’m going to try this recipe out

  66. ANN ANGIES

    I am going to try this. Looks very yummy. I will follow your receip as I am a begginer.

  67. Lorraine

    Thank you so much for your lovely receipe. I am busy at the moment making lots of jam and chutney for our
    make and bake charity sale later in the year for Birmingham Childrens Hospital. We have foraged around the gardens where I work for the blackberries (very messy!) and scrumped apples off the tree next door! I made the first batch last night and just wanted to say it turned out amazingly well! So its back in the kitchen tonight!!

    1. Camilla

      Aah, that’s brilliant, thank you for the feedback and I’m so glad the recipe is being used for a good cause:-)

  68. Maggi L

    Beautiful! looks yummy! x

  69. Tracy Nixon

    This looks delicious! Thans

  70. Kev C

    if there’s one thing i’m not short of, its blackberries!! lol

  71. Paul Wilson

    Oo, I’ve got apples and blackberries in the garden right now.

  72. Lisa Williams

    beautiful finally an easy jam to make with my glut :)

  73. Paul Wilson

    Lots of apples and blackberries in the garden right now \o/

  74. Belinda Matthews

    The one thing I can gaurentee my son will eat

  75. Nicky Stevens

    Now I needn’t be so annoyed that next door’s apple tree is dropping all over my lawn, I’m off out to pick some Blackberries to go with them! thanks

  76. Kevin M

    Will have to try this – if I find any blackberries!

  77. Nutritious Deliciousness

    Really easy recipe, thanks Camilla, made some this afternoon from apples & blackberries from my garden, tastes divine :) @multilayermummy

    1. Camilla

      So pleased to hear that, thank you:-)

  78. goodtasty.co.uk

    Every year when picking blackberries I think about making jam, and then feel a bit intimidated, however this recipe looks nice and simple and may save my family from endless blackberry and apple pies! :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much. I always like to strip things back and make recipes as easy as possible because we all lead busy lives. Making jam needn’t be rocket science but having an understanding of the principles is good. But if you just want to follow a recipe that works then that’s what I’m here for. If I can encourage just 1 person to make jam who thought it too complicated then I’m a very happy person:-)

  79. Vikki

    I’m going to give this a go, thank you

    1. Camilla

      I’m so pleased, do let me know how you get on:-)

  80. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    Lovely jam and a good way to preserve your efforts. I’ve found an excellent spot in my local park with loads of berries almost ready to be picked, just hope I can there before anyone else so I can join in the jam making too :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank Jen and good luck with your foraging;-)

  81. Alice Beaumont

    This looks so tasty!
    http://alices-wonderland93.blogspot.co.uk/

  82. Jane English @ Family Clan Blog

    Looks yummy yet again, another one for the country fair competitions, perhaps. Have to admit I love the strong taste of blackberries jam.

    The crocheting is coming along fine, it’s all coming back to me now slowly, but I’m enjoying the relaxing time it is giving me.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much. I did contemplate a country show not far from me recently but it was £9 to get in and involved a lot of tooing and froing so gave it a miss. I’m happy with just pleasing family right now as they always give their honest opinion and so far so good:-)

      Ooh I’m really jealous of you crocheting and wish I had some time, maybe I’ll get my hook out soon:-)

  83. blueberry88

    Yum! Jam roly poly my fave!!! I didn’t realise making Jam was so simple. This looks lovely I will definitely be giving it a go! :)

    1. Camilla

      I really hope you do it’s such a simple yet rewarding thing to do and quite addictive I’ve found LOL:-)

  84. DANIELLE VEDMORE

    You make it look so easy! Looks delicious! xoxo

  85. Clare Webb

    I love picking fresh blackberries and making jam with them! Not too sure about apple & blackberry though, I don’t like apples.

  86. Nikki Hayes

    I’ve never tried making jam but this recipe sounds surprisingly easy, will have to give it a go sometime ;o)

  87. Paul Wilson

    My blackberries aren’t quite ready yet, but I might give this a try in a few weeks.

  88. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    What a lovely post, really reminded me of picking berries with my gran for jam and jelly – bramble always was my favourite too! These look so lovely and fruity, gorgeous colour! Thanks…

    1. Camilla

      Thank you that’s lovely to hear. My husband wants me to make bramble jelly with the second batch of blackberries I picked but I’m not keen on sieving, it’s bad enough he won’t eat raspberries which I have to sieve to a coulis!

  89. rozsarg

    My Mum use to make this jam all the time, we use to have a very big Apple tree in our Garden and my mum would take us Blackberry picking it was delicious especially on warm buttered toast.

    1. Camilla

      I don’t remember having it before but do remember my mum picking blackberries as a kid and her falling onto the brambles on a local roundabout LOL!

  90. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Love this combination – so used to calling blackberries brambles in Scotland 😉 Well done for the foraging – looks like it was worth all the hard work in the end. Is it your favourite so far?

    1. Camilla

      I think my jam’s are becoming like children and each new one is lovely in a different, new and exciting way. Like the fruits themselves I couldn’t pick a favourite, I think it all comes down to what mood you are in as to which flavour you pick. The one thing I have learned is not to over do the set as we all prefer a soft set jam and the one I gave you could have done with a little less boiling!

  91. Javelin Warrior

    Bravo! I love that there’s no added extra pectin for setting the jam and it looks delicious. When I was a lot younger (grade school), I picked a lot of wild blackberries and raspberries that grew around the house I grew up. And it definitely was a tedious task to collect enough to do anything with!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, it is a tedious task when the fruit is thin on the bushes. I once picked raspberries in the summer holidays for money and would see raspberry bushes even when I’d shut my eyes!

  92. Camilla

    Do you know I looked at a really old fashioned recipe for bramble jelly as hubby doesn’t like seeds but was put off when the recipe said to put the fruit mixture through a “net” and I wasn’t sure if a sieve was Ok? So jam it was and he ate it anyway:-)

    1. Jammy Bodger

      Fab recipe, I’m just jealous you’ve been out foraging already.Re: the net, don’t bother a jelly bag and stand make jellies really simple to make and as you make them in 2 stages they don’t seem to take too much effort.

      1. Camilla

        I just read on old Jam Recipe Booklet I once got from the National Trust and it said to make jelly using net curtains, now there’s an idea LOL:-)

    2. johanne

      Hi Camilla,

      Just made your jam but was wondering when it will be ready to eat.

      Johanne

      1. Camilla

        As soon as it’s cool, so I often wait until the following day:-)

  93. Becky Thorn

    I do love blackberries, my most favourite soft fruit i think. Must make some of this jam, I usually just make bramble jelly.

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