Lover’s Jam and Sugar Free Too!

lovers jam by larderlove.comAll the world loves a lover, or so we are told. In this week of hearts and flowers and all things lovey dovey what could I, a mere jam jester offer as a gift one could make for a loved one.

loversjam by larderlove.comI cannot advise on flowers, although I have spoken on TV and radio in the past about the Victorian language of flowers and some that might just be a good choice to send on that auspicious day of the 14th.

lovers jam by larderlove.comI have even fooled around with the lovely Colin and Justin on Scottish TV showing them how to make sweetheart candies and sampling old-fashioned love potions from over a hundred years ago.

lovers jam by larder loveThat was then and this is now. It had to be jam really a Lover’s Jam.

LoversJam5My Lover’s Jam had to contain aphrodisiacs and things that have been passed down through time as the goodies that might just make someone’s heart beat faster and have them falling into one’s arms in a swoon of delight, rather than just passing out after one too many.

I took time and researched and chose my ingredients well. Not only did they have to have some connection with aphrodisiac qualities or historically have been used in love potions and the like, they more importantly (at least to my mind) had to come together well and actually taste good. believe me some of those old-fashioned love potions were not for the faint hearted or the weak of stomach.

My Lover’s Jam on the other had tastes divine and even if you are a singleton like me just making this as a treat for yourself (because you’re worth it) is well worth the wee bit of effort that it takes.

lovers jam by larderlove.comI used a French style two-step process to make this jam. Come on the French know a thing or two about romance and they certainly know about making great confitures, so let us take a leaf from their book and take a little time here in our making of this Lover’s Jam.

loversjam ingredientsTo Make Lover’s Jam You Will Need;

600g/1lb 5oz fresh strawberries

2 pomegranates

200g/7oz clear honey

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1cm/1/2 ” fresh ginger

1cm/1/2 ” red chilli pepper

3 cloves crushed

1/4 tsp powdered cinnamon

2 tbsp red wine

2 tbsp slithered almonds

How To Make Your Lover’s Jam:

Rinse strawberries and pat dry before removing the stalks and cutting into halves or quarters if large.

Place strawberries into a large glass or ceramic bowl and add the honey stirring well to combine.

Cut the pomegranates in half and pop out the seeds by bending back the skin shell.

Collect the seeds in a sieve and use a wooden spoon to press them through the sieve so that the actual pips and any membranes (these are bitter) are held back and only the sweet juice goes through.

Stir into the strawberry mixture, cover bowl with a clean tea towel and leave overnight.

The natural sugars and pectin within the berries will be drawn out by the honey and all flavours will have a chance to mingle.

Next day pour your lovely red mixture into a heavy based pan and add the spices.

Grate the ginger and chilli and crush the cloves with mortar and pestle so you don’t have any hard pieces that might break a tooth and somewhat ruin any possibility of a romantic moment.

Grate in the lemon zest and then squeeze in all the juice, making sure you collect the pips and don’t let them fall into the jam.

Gently heat the mixture and then bring it up to a boil. You ant a good rolling boil here with lots of bubbles. It should take about 20 minutes.

Skim off any frothy scum that forms on top.

While all this jamming is going on you can lightly toast the flaked almonds in a dry pan, make sure you don’t let them burn. You just want to toast them till golden and that amazing aroma rises from the pan.

Add the red wine just before the jam reaches it’s setting point and test this by placing a teaspoonful of jam on a well chilled saucer and leaving it for 5 minutes before running a finger through it. If it wrinkles up it is ready to pot. If not boil for another few minutes and test again.

At the last-minute stir in those toasted almonds.

Spoon the hot jam into two sterilised jars and pop on the lids.

Lover’s Jam
 
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Recipe type: preserves
Ingredients
  • 600g/1lb 5oz fresh strawberries
  • 2 pomegranates
  • 200g/7oz clear honey
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1cm/1/2 ” fresh ginger
  • 1cm/1/2 ” red chilli pepper
  • 3 cloves crushed
  • ¼ tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
Instructions
  1. Rinse strawberries and pat dry before removing the stalks and cutting into halves or quarters if large.
  2. Place strawberries into a large glass or ceramic bowl and add the honey stirring well to combine.
  3. Cut the pomegranates in half and pop out the seeds by bending back the skin shell.
  4. Collect the seeds in a sieve and use a wooden spoon to press them through the sieve so that the actual pips and any membranes (these are bitter) are held back and only the sweet juice goes through.
  5. Stir into the strawberry mixture, cover bowl with a clean tea towel and leave overnight.
  6. The natural sugars and pectin within the berries will be drawn out by the honey and all flavours will have a chance to mingle.
  7. Next day pour your lovely red mixture into a heavy based pan and add the spices.
  8. Grate the ginger and chilli and crush the cloves with mortar and pestle so you don’t have any hard pieces that might break a tooth and somewhat ruin any possibility of a romantic moment.
  9. Grate in the lemon zest and then squeeze in all the juice, making sure you collect the pips and don’t let them fall into the jam.
  10. Gently heat the mixture and then bring it up to a boil. You ant a good rolling boil here with lots of bubbles.
  11. Skim off any frothy scum that forms on top.
  12. While all this jamming is going on you can lightly toast the flaked almonds in a dry pan, make sure you don’t let them burn. You just want to toast them till golden and that amazing aroma rises from the pan.
  13. Add the red wine just before the jam reaches it’s setting point and test this by placing a teaspoonful of jam on a well chilled saucer and leaving it for 5 minutes before running a finger through it. If it wrinkles up it is ready to pot. If not boil for another few minutes and test again.
  14. At the last-minute stir in those toasted almonds.
  15. Spoon the hot jam into two sterilised jars and pop on the lids.

lovers jam by larder love.comSo there my darlings is my offering to you for Valentine’s Day later this week. Forget the choccies and flowers, make something that will last a little longer, something you can eat on toast with breakfast or on a cream cake in the afternoon. Something in a jar, a jar of love.

I wish you all a wonderfully happy valentine’s day later this week.

love

Karon x

PS Thank you for the kind emails I have received this past week. I’m afraid the blog and facebook are really meant to be out of my reach. But I spent so much time on this recipe a few weeks ago and so wanted to share it with you today that I broke through Idgy’s no-entry barrier on my study to type it up.

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  2. Celebrating single awareness day is not something we do much around here – well not in my house anyway – but I do rather love the look of this jam, and the idea of it smeared on a hot buttered slice of toast makes me swoon.

    Get well soon precious friend.

  3. Tickled pink to read about you breaking down the barriers to type up that lovely recipe – it certainly sounds like a winner and I just might have to make it for myself this week…if I want ANY kind of Valentine, it’s always up to me! Hope you are doing better – baby steps forward – that’s all any of us can do! xo, Nan

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