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Quick & easy spiced berry jam
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Nothing tastes better on your morning slice of toast than homemade jam — and this simple recipe is ready in minutes. It works just as well whatever berries you use, so mix and match until you find your favourite combination.
Makes: 1 x 450g jar
225g mixed berries, such as raspberries, blueberries or strawberries
225g Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Jam Sugar
1 star anise
2 juniper berries or a 2cm piece cinnamon
½ lemon, juice and finely grated zest
1 Hull and halve the berries if necessary, then place them in a saucepan and heat gently until they soften and their juices start to run. Press the berries with the edge of a wooden spoon to break them up, then stir in the sugar, spices and lemon zest and juice. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.
2 Turn up the heat to high and boil the mixture for about 5–6 minutes until the setting point is reached. To test, place 1 tsp of the jam on a small plate and chill for 2 minutes. The surface should then wrinkle when pushed with a finger. If necessary, boil the jam a little longer. If the surface of the jam becomes foamy, skim it with a slotted spoon.
3 Ladle the jam into a 450g sterilised jam jar, cover with a waxed disc and a lid. Label and store for up to 12 months.
This recipe was first published in June 2015.