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    Apple jelly

    • Vegan
    • Gluten Free
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus standing and cooling
    • Cooking time: 1 hour
    • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes, plus standing and cooling

    Makes: about 4 x 450g jars


    1kg bramley apples, roughly chopped (but not cored)
    1kg braeburn apples, roughly chopped (but not cored)
    about 1.2kg preserving sugar
    3 sprigs rosemary
    3-4 tbsp cider vinegar


    1. Put the apples in a large pan, add 1.5 litres water, half-cover with a lid and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 40 minutes, until the fruit has started to turn mushy and is completely tender.

    2. Pour the contents of the pan into a jelly bag or muslin and suspend over a large bowl or pan, letting the juice drip through slowly for at least 5 hours or overnight. Do not be tempted to push the fruit through the bag or the jelly will be cloudy.

    3. Measure the juice into a preserving pan; for every 500ml, add 400g sugar – 2kg apples yields about 1.5 litres juice. Add the rosemary and vinegar, then set over a low heat. Dissolve the sugar slowly, stirring occasionally. Sterilise the jars following the instructions below. Put 2 saucers in the freezer.

    4. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture to a steady boil and cook until it reaches setting point (at least 20 minutes), using a large metal spoon to lift off any scum that rises to the surface. To test for setting point, drop ½ tsp jelly onto a cold saucer. Leave it for 1 minute, then push the jelly with a fingertip. If it wrinkles, setting point has been reached. If not, continue boiling and testing every 2 minutes, until ready.

    5. Remove from the heat, carefully fish out the rosemary and spoon off any scum that has risen to the surface. Pour into the sterilised jars, screw on the lids and set aside until completely cold before labelling and storing for up to 6 months. 


    Heat the oven to 160˚C, gas mark 3. Wash the jars and their lids in hot, soapy water, rinse and drain. Put the jars on a baking tray and heat in the oven for 15 minutes to sterilise. You want them to be warm when filling, so don’t do this too far ahead. If your jars or lids have rubber seals, remove these and simmer them in a pan of water for 10 minutes instead (the dry heat of an oven will crack rubber seals). Turn off the heat, cover and leave until ready to use.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, October 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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