True to form early September has been quite beautiful in these parts. Today is warm and sunny and while my mum is here for a visit we went to the local fruit farm. We wandered the fields a little, picked some beans and mooched a while. I have grown to love this time of year in many ways and one of the reasons is the abundance of fruit. We came across some rows of raspberry canes laden with juicy ripe berries and mum suggested a spot of jam making. Needless to say we came home with a very full punnet of fruit and without reference to a single book mum set about cooking.
The raspberry jam recipe mum uses was one from her Uncle Wally, simply equal quantities of raspberries and sugar, no frills, no extras. The sugar is white granulated or caster sugar, no need for pectin as raspberries have enough already… If you would like the exact amounts it was 827g of berries and 827g of sugar, and that is the beauty of it! So easy to adjust the quantities to suit.
To make the jam is just a simple. In preparation place your clean jars on a tray in the oven ( we used four small jars) at 120 degrees. Place a plate into the fridge to test for setting point later.
Gently heat both berries and sugar in a heavy based pan, we crushed the berries with a potato masher as they warmed, until all the sugar is dissolved. At this point increase the heat and bring to a rolling boil. Keep at a rolling boil for as long as it takes to reach setting point, in this case it was around five minutes. To test for setting point put a teaspoon of jam from the pan onto the cold plate (from the fridge) and if after 30 seconds it wrinkles when pushed with a finger then it will set in the jar. Do be careful as it will be extremely hot.
Once the jam has reached this point take off the heat and allow to settle for 5-10 minutes. This helps the fruit stay suspended in the jam rather than rising to the top. Skim any scum from the top of the jam. Then fill the hot jars and seal. Easy as that. From cane to jar in less than two hours.
Now someone please pass the toast…