Gooseberry & vanilla jam

Gooseberry & vanilla jam

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins - 40 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes about 2kg

Preserve the unique, tart flavour of gooseberries in this summer preserve infused with sweet vanilla and tangy apple

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per tbsp

kcalories
39
protein
0g
carbs
10g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
10g
salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 1kg gooseberries, topped and tailed
  • 400ml unsweetened clear apple juice (or use water)
  • 1kg granulated sugar
  • knob of butter
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

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Method

  1. Sterilise the jars and any other equipment before you start (see tip, below). Put a couple of saucers in the freezer, as you’ll need these for testing if the jam is ready later (or use a sugar thermometer). Put the berries and juice (or water) in a preserving or very large deep pan, bring to a simmer, then cook for about 15 mins until the fruit is very tender.
  2. Add the sugar to the pan and heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved – do not boil at this point. Turn up the heat and cook the jam at a rolling boil, skimming away any scum that comes to the top as it cooks. After about 10 mins, spoon a little jam onto a cold saucer. Leave for a few secs, then push the jam with your fingertip. If it wrinkles, the jam is ready. If not, cook for a few mins more and test again on another cold saucer. (If you have a sugar thermometer, it will read 105 degrees when ready.)
  3. Give the jam a final skim, stir in the butter, then the vanilla seeds and the pod too. Let the jam cool for a few mins – this will thicken it and prevent any lumps from sinking to the bottom of the jars – then ladle into hot jars, seal and leave to cool.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2014

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Nathan19-11's picture

Easy recipe and very tasty with the vanilla adding a lovely subtle flavour - will definitely make again from our glut of gooseberries, although the vanilla pods are quite pricey. Makes 4 full jars.

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