Sweet chilli jam

Sweet chilli jam

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(171 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Makes 4 small jars
This has a kick, but won’t blow your head off, and goes well with any selection of cold cuts of meat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per jar

  • kcal857
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs220g
  • sugars218g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.34g
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Ingredients

  • 8 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 10 red chillies, roughly chopped
    Chillies

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  • finger-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 750g golden caster sugar
  • 250ml red wine vinegar

Method

  1. Tip the peppers, chillies (with seeds), ginger and garlic into a food processor, then whizz until very finely chopped. Scrape into a heavy-bottomed pan with the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar, then bring everything to the boil. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 50 mins, stirring occasionally.

  2. Once the jam is becoming sticky, continue cooking for 10-15 mins more, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t catch and burn. It should now look like thick, bubbling lava. Cool slightly, transfer to sterilised jars, then leave to cool completely. Keeps for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard – refrigerate once opened.

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hattiechambers
29th Aug, 2013
We bought some delicious chilli jam from a roadside stall in Cornwall and was desperate to recreate it when we got home from our holiday. This recipe was just perfect, in fact we think it's even better. The jam is easy to make (like others, it did need a longer cooking time) and is gorgeous with a barbecue but also goes really well with cheese and biscuits (my husband loves it slathered onto a simple cheese sandwhich). I reduced the sugar to 550g and it was still sweet and tasty with a great kick. It made five 300ml (Bonne Maman size) jars. Only made it last weekend and already received several requests for the recipe. Planning to make some more very soon.
kizmcg
18th Aug, 2013
5.05
Amazing recipe! I made it as part of my Xmas gifts and received nothing but compliments from people and them wanting to know where I got the recipe. I took out some of the seeds to take some of the heat!
gail35mitchell
16th May, 2013
5.05
made this for the first time today was anxious about how long to simmer for after reading previous comments but needn't have worried turned perfect and tastes great too".
emmajane1980
15th Apr, 2013
5.05
I love this so much, have made it a few times for work colleagues and keep getting more requests! Much better than shop bought chilli sauce and you can vary the heat if you like....I wrapped jars with different coloured ribbons according to heat....red, green, etc. good Christmas presents! Just be prepared for a lot of empty jars coming back for refills!
beckyloveschilli
11th Apr, 2013
5.05
BEST. THING. EVER. thank you for bringing this into my life :D
lauraface14
6th Apr, 2013
5.05
Absolutely amazing! I agree that it took more than 50 minutes as it took me about 90 minutes, but it still tasted amazing. I found it only started turning into a jam as such once it was cooling, but it tastes fab. I also found that as it cooled it reduced in spice which was a good thing cos at first it was very spicy! Thank you for this recipe, definitely going to make this for a hamper x
gemma99
21st Mar, 2013
5.05
I made this last night and love it! I used 6 large peppers and only 8 chillis as i didnt want to make it too hot! it is a little on the sweet side and may reduce the sugar next time but once it is combined with something savoury it actually doesnt taste as sweet. It didnt take as long as some people to thicken, I think around 1hr 20mins. Highly recommend this to any beginner its extremley easy to make. I will definately be making it again!
gemma99
21st Mar, 2013
5.05
I made this last night and love it! I used 6 large peppers and only 8 chillis as i didnt want to make it too hot! it is a little on the sweet side and may reduce the sugar next time but once it is combined with something savoury it actually doesnt taste as sweet. It didnt take as long as some people to thicken, I think around 1hr 20mins. Highly recommend this to any beginner its extremley easy to make. I will definately be making it again!
paulrayner
19th Mar, 2013
Brilliant, I've tried a few, but this is by far the best yet!
susied
4th Mar, 2013
3.05
Great recipe, but as most people say, it takes a lot longer to cook than stated.

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