If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.
~Letty Cottin Pogrebin
It’s been a while since I’ve done an Mmmm… Monday! I’ve had this one sitting in my bank for a while and just haven’t put the post together.
This week, it’s all about jam. Fresh, homemade jam with no preservatives. I’ll never go back to eating store-bought jam again (well, except when I’m at DINFOS where I don’t have the ability to make my own!). I purchased a bread maker about five years ago (against my mom’s advice… oh you’ll never use it that often). I’m so glad I did! When I purchased it, I saw that it had lots of different settings and could make lots of different things. But I didn’t know it could make jam. I looooove my Oster breadmaker.
This recipe came with the breadmaker. It’s awesome. I tend to give jam (and cookies!) away for Christmas. I am always getting asked for this recipe. So here it is:
Frozen Berry Jam
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 (10-12oz) package of frozen berries (raspberries and strawberries are ideal)
- 1 pouch (3oz) liquid fruit pectin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Combine the ingredients into the bread pan.
- Select the “Basic” setting. Press “Start/Stop.” Allow to mix 5-6 minutes, scraping the sides with a rubber spatula. Press “Start/Stop” to cancel.
- Select the “Bake” setting. When the display unit reaches “00:00,” press “Start/Stop” to cancel.
- Using hot pads, remove the bread pan.
- Pour jam into containers; cover.
- Refrigerate to set. Makes approximately 3 cups.
Yeah, that’s it. Four ingredients. Now, I have no idea how you do this without a breadmaker that has these settings, but the mixing is
just that… gentle mixing so that everything is together. The second set is just a bake setting, which I’m sure you could do on a stove or in an oven. I just don’t know what temperature and how long you would need. The baking setting here lasts exactly an hour.