Nothing compares to the first bite, sweet and creamy, that any dessert made or filled with apples gives us. In this house, we are staunch supporters of the Swirl, of apple pie, and apple pie, but our favorite part is its apple jam filling. We wish we could apply it to everything, like taking a slice of bread or a pancake and brushing it with the same apple molasses forever.
And boy can we! Did you know that making your own apple jam is a lot easier than you think? This versatile and palate-pleasing delicacy can be the star of your sweet dinners and breakfasts (and afternoon snacks). From spreading on golden pancakes to filling empanadas and cakes, the possibilities are endless.
And here’s the highlight: We share a recipe that promises not only taste but also health benefits. Homemade jams, like this apple jam, have the gift of boosting digestion and preventing intestinal problems.
The best part is that when you make your own homemade apple jam, you have full control over the ingredients. By making your own preserves at home, you can ensure you avoid excess sugar and preservatives. Check out this recipe; I assure you, it’s easier than you imagine.
How to make homemade apple jam
- 3 apples (variety of your choice, preferably golden or green)
- 250g brown sugar
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
- Vanilla essence (optional)
- Wash, peel, and chop apples. Place the pulp in a large saucepan and add the juice of half a lemon. In another small saucepan, boil the apple peels and cores with a little water for a few minutes.
- Drain the skins and hearts and use strainers to extract the juice. This makes it easier to thicken the jam. Heat the juice and gradually add the sugar. Increase the heat, stirring constantly, and toast the sugar until caramelized.
- Remove from the heat and quickly pour the caramel, along with the lemon juice, over the apples in the other pot. Do this step quickly so the caramel doesn’t harden.
- Cook the apples in the caramel until a jam forms. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla essence if desired. Keep the heat high for the first five minutes, then gradually reduce the heat.
- Your jam will be ready in about 30 minutes. The apple pieces will gradually fall apart. If necessary, stir vigorously to speed up the process.
- Once the desired consistency is reached, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Pour the jam into a sterilized, airtight glass jar.
- Enjoy your homemade jam for breakfast, as a spread on toast, pancakes, or any other creative dessert recipe you can think of.
Of course, you have to take care of our homemade jams, which can usually be kept well chilled for a month. Therefore, try to prepare the required amount for the recipes you need. Or you can definitely freeze them (tightly sealed) to give them a little longer shelf life.
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