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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. 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!

  2. 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:-)

  3. 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.

  4. 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:-)

  5. 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!

  6. 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:-)

  7. 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.

  8. 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:-)

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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:-)

  12. 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.

  13. 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:-)

  14. 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/

  15. Sue Warner

    So easy to make, and lovely and fruity. Thanks

  16. 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:-)

  17. Charlotte Wills

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

  18. Barbiecrispin

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

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous – I do love this jam:-)

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