Jams can be enjoyed all year round from breakfast to afternoon tea. But for the holidays, we want them more gourmet with original and daring flavors. To devour or to offer, here are all our ideas for your Christmas jams.
Christmas orange jam
The recipe for jams is super simple and requires very few ingredients: sugar and fruit, sometimes a little water and often a few drops of lemon juice so that they keep better. There are of course some tips to know for make your homemade jams a success like choosing seasonal fruits, buying a special sugar called “gelling sugar” or using a thermometer to check for perfect doneness at 105 degrees. To give a festive flavor to jams, we like to add dried fruits, exotic touches or spices that smell like Christmas markets.
During this period, it is the height of citrus fruit season and on the stalls, you can easily find oranges, grapefruits, lemons and mandarins. Let yourself be tempted by this delicious Christmas orange jam.
For 4 large pots you will need:
- 10 oranges, preferably untreated,
- 400 g of sugar for jam,
- choice of spices: cinnamon stick, star anise, vanilla or a mixture of 4 spices.
Peel the oranges and keep the skin of 2 of them. Cut the flesh of the oranges into slices, taking care to remove the seeds, add the sugar and spices and let macerate overnight, covered. Prepare the candied orange peels, taking care to remove the white part of the orange peels, then cut them into very thin strips that you will blanch for 10 minutes in boiling water, and set aside. In a saucepan, bring the orange pulp and its juice to a boil, then lower the heat and slowly reduce to very low heat for 1 hour, stirring regularly to prevent it sticking to the bottom. Halfway through cooking, add the zest and a little lemon juice if you wish. All you have to do is place them in sterilized jars. If you have a multicooker, it will be even easier to do this Orange jam recipe with a Thermomix.
This recipe can be broken down depending on the fruits you find. The Christmas jam with Corsican clementine will offer you all the typicity of this fruit from the South of France and the subtlety of its flavors. Want exoticism? Try this christmas jam recipe which delicately combines the sweet and sweet notes of Victoria pineapple with vanilla.
Christmas jam with pumpkin
If you love American culture and cuisine, you should definitely try out a surprising pumpkin jam recipe inspired by Thanksgiving meals and Halloween festivities. What’s more, it’s an original way to get children to eat vegetables!
In a salad bowl, place 1 kg of crystal sugar and 1 kg of peeled pumpkin, seeded and cut into large cubes. Leave to macerate for at least 24 hours then cook over medium heat, adding the juice of a lemon and a pinch of powdered ginger for about 1 hour. Off the heat, mix the preparation a little to obtain the desired consistency then put back 10 minutes on low heat to finish cooking. Pour immediately into jam jars.
This recipe can be made with all types of squash, such as butternut or pumpkin. You can also sweeten it by making a half and half between the squash and another fruit such as apple, grapefruit, quince, rhubarb or dried apricots.
Christmas rum jam
And why not try a very traditional Alsatian Christmas jam recipe this year? This delicacy combines a variety of dried fruits with fresh winter fruits, all enhanced with a touch of rum that will delight great gourmets, but you can of course make it without alcohol.
You will need for 8 people:
- 2 apples
- 2 pears
- 200 g of dried figs
- 200 g of dried apricots
- 100 g dates
- 100 g of prunes
- 150 g of a mixture of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts
- zest of one untreated orange and one lemon
- 5 cl of dark amber rum
- 400 ml apple juice
- 150 g brown sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp of 4 spices
In a saucepan, arrange the peeled and broken up fresh fruit, the citrus zest, apple juice, sugar and spices and start cooking over medium heat for 10 minutes. At the end of this time, add the dried fruit cut into small cubes and continue cooking for 15 minutes before adding the walnut-almond-hazelnut mixture as well as the rum. Still on low heat, continue to cook, stirring constantly for 15 minutes. It’s ready !
Christmas chocolate jam
To be sure to delight young and old, bet on the ingredient everyone loves: chocolate. Here is a delicious chocolate jam recipe to give to your loved ones for Christmas:
In a salad bowl, macerate 500 g of grated apples or pears for half a day with 500 g of gelling sugar. In a heavy-based saucepan, bring this mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and cook for a little more than 5 minutes. At the same time, melt 100 g of dark chocolate in a bain-marie then pour it over the fruit and mix well. Continue cooking for 3 minutes, pour into jars and keep them preferably cool. To be enjoyed without moderation for breakfast!
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