Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jamming with Strawberries and apples

There are three things that I can never convince Balajee about when it comes to food. 'Mushroom' to him equals 'Fungus'. Pear (Despite getting a real juicy variety in the Netherlands) is not a fruit to relish... ever and strawberries which I go crazy for all the time don't count whatever form they are served in. Be it ice creams, shakes or custards. So I would see a "Really Keerthu? Are you sure?" expression written on his face whenever I even looked at strawberry flavoured jam in the grocery stores. But that really changed... Yesterday.

So there I was wrapping up my work and looking forward to the long weekend welcoming me:) and I realised the best way to start would be to try out something new. I made strawberries and apple Jam. Just to clarify here 'Apples' were actually a last minute addition to the recipe... Why? In the Hope that once ready its not just a strawberry jam and that my husband might think about tasting it! and it worked:) Here's The recipe.

Note: ( Since this is the first time I ever made Jam, I tried it in small quantities. You can just increase the measures accordingly.)

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: Lil more than an hour .

You will Need
Strawberries: 500 grams
Apple: 1 large. ( I chose red one. You can add whichever you like)
Half Lemon
Sugar: 8 tablespoons.( you can increase/decrease it according to how sweet you want it)

Here's How you make it
Wash and clean the strawberries in warm water. Remove the overly ripe bits( that can spoil the jam), hand crush them and keep aside. Now wash, peel and cut the apple into really small pieces.

In a large wok, add about 8 spoons of sugar, and two cups of water. Once all the sugar dissolves and the syrup is boiling, throw in the chopped apple .( You can also boil them if you'd like to speed up the process.) Simmer the gas. Let the apple cook in sugar syrup till its really really soft and soggy. Now add the crushed strawberries to it and squeeze about half lemon to this mixture. Bring the mixture to boil. Simmer and keep stirring till the mixture is of jam consistency. Let it cool and transfer it to an air tight container.
Enjoy it with toasts, sandwiches, croissants and custard cakes or whatever you like! :)