9 Homemade Jam Recipes to Make in Time for Autumn
With the sun increasingly in short supply and temperatures starting to fall after our heatwave this summer, it can mean only one thing: autumn's soon to be here. Fret not, although we had some wonderful weather in the previous season, autumn brings with it many a treat: falling leaves, cool crisp air, the return of Bake Off and the opportunity to make lots and lots of jams, preserves and compotes.
Spread on bread, dolloped on your crumpets, and a perfect topping for a bowl of warming porridge, there's something about autumn that goes hand-in-hand with jam. Perhaps it's the rustic hues of our surroundings that pair so well with this most comforting of fruit-based accompaniments. A less romantic - and more likely - reason is that the harvest during autumn, a veritable feast of fruit, is just too good not to take advantage of.
To mark the incoming change in season, here are some delicious homemade jam recipes to try out this autumn.
What would a collection of jam recipes be without a trusty strawberry stalwart? Perfect on scones and between layers of Victoria sponge, give this recipe a try and put autumn's prime strawberry harvest to good use. You can even decorate the jars you keep it in with bows and strings, making them a great little autumn-time gift too.
Apple Pie Jam
Apples aren't usually the go-to for jams, but this excellent American-inspired spread makes a change from the usual applesauce and juice you might usually make around this time of year. Sweet and sugary, with a nice little kick from the addition of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, it's great in spiced cakes and as a filling for apple pies, while a spoonful into Middle Eastern-style stews adds an extra depth of flavour to your savoury mains.
Blackberry and Pear Jam
Blackberries are in rude health round about this time of the year. Get picking at the hedgerows and stock up on this wonderfully fragrant berry and make this superb fruity jam with what you forage. It's really simple too, requiring only four ingredients and an hour of your time. A great alternative to strawberry jam, a bit of this in a bowl of porridge is sure to go down a treat.
If you have some strawberries leftover from the first recipe, then you can use up the remaining fruit in this version of a classic Cranberry jam. We're moving more into savoury territory here, and this one is an autumn favourite through and through. Excellent with Sunday dinner, as a dressing on salad, and of course, absolutely essential with crackers and cheese. Get the fire on in the front room, curl up on the couch and prepare to feast.
Summer Tomato Jam
Still pining for the heat and sunshine of the previous months? This savoury speciality is like summer in a jar. A versatile take on your more typical jams, part of the fun of making it is experimenting with other foods to pair it with. Luckily, it complements a lot of savoury stuff, including burgers, cheese and crackers, grilled sandwiches and even makes a superb chutney-style accompaniment with the addition of cumin too; great with cuts of chicken breast and fish.
And now for something completely different. Love it or hate it, rhubarb is an autumn plant par excellence, the perfect accompaniment alongside a bit of apple crumble. But if you're looking for a change, why not repurpose it into this delicious rhubarb curd? A great way to tart up toast and shortbread, add a spoonful in your ice cream or spread it on crepes and pancakes for a delicious tang.
Bourbon Bacon Jam
A jam so good you could eat it by the spoonful, this booze-infused spread is utterly delicious. Sweet onions, salty bacon and sugary maple syrup all combine with a touch of bourbon to create something truly scrumptious, with chilli powder for a touch of heat. Goes really well with sausages straight from the grill.
Mango Jalapeno Jam
A sweet and spicy treat, this mango jalapeno jam might seem an unusual combination at first, but it's one of those things that just works. The heat here isn't too potent since the jalapenos have been deseeded, so it's one everybody can enjoy. Another savoury offering, spread it on sandwiches, slather bagels with it, glaze meats or add another dimension to dull salads. It makes an instant dip that's great for parties too; just pour it over softened cream cheese and watch it disappear!
Spiced Fruit Jam with Hazelnuts and Red Wine
Finally, this robust jam uses some more unusual fruits including quince and figs, alongside apples and pears, to add some Italian flair to your usual autumn fare. Rustic and homely, pork chops and turkey sandwiches are improved immeasurably, while cheese and crackers are an excellent match for its robust flavours.
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