Jam doesn’t have to be intimidating to make. Sometimes it can be quite simple, like this kiwi fruit and apple jam!
Kiwi and Apple Jam:
- 1 large red apple, diced
- 6 kiwi’s, diced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 3/4 cup water
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, reduce the heat and add the apple, kiwi fruit and lime juice. Simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until apple is tender. Allow to cool completely. Strain through cheesecloth to remove excess water. Use a food processor (or a fork, it’s just a little bit more effort) to blend to a consistancy you like.
(This is a quick and simple jam that I was planning on using that very day, if you wish to make jam which can be stored for a prolonged period of time, well, erm, that involves pectin and sterilising jars and a list of other things which I have not yet familiarised myself with).
- 125g butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
Preheat oven to 180°C. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until pale and creamy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Sift the flour over the butter mixture and stir until just combined.
Roll teaspoon sized spoonfuls of the mixture into balls, place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Lightly dip your index finger in plain flour and press into each ball of dough to create an indentation. Spoon 1/2-1 teaspoon kiwi fruit jam into the centre of each one.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them in the last 2 minutes, depending on the size they will vary slightly in cooking time.