I brought home a huge basket of fresh apples from our own garden next to our cottage. I ate a lot of apples, but I just couldn’t eat them all (there were like 4-5 kilos of them) before they started to go bad. How could I ever throw them away? I decided to carry on my grandmother’s traditions and make apple jam – first time ever. I read few jam recipes, but none of them made me want to use them – I had to make one of my own.
Maybe the most annoying thing in those recipes I read was that after cooking you were supposed to mash the jam in a blender. Why? I want my jam to have a texture, not just even mush (you can buy that from a grocery store)!
So this was my first jam experiment and I’m pretty happy with the result! This is so good with some quality cheese or yoghurt or on a toast! So yummy.
Cinnamon Apple Jam
makes 1 jar of jam
takes 70 minutes to make (10 preparing, 60 simmering)
1 kg organic apples (prefer apples from your own garden!)
1 cup (240 ml) water
1¼ cups (300 ml) jam sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anises
Wash and cut the apples into 1 cm thick pieces (remove the seeds). Place the water, jam sugar, apple slices, cinnamon sticks and star anises in a large sauce pan over a low heat. Simmer gently for about 1 hour. Stir regularly. Take off the stove and allow to cool.
Spoon the jam into a clean jar.
Enjoy the jam with cheeses, yoghurt or on a toast!