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Strawberry Plum Jam

Strawberry Plum Jam

Strawberry Plum Jam

Strawberries! The berry that signifies the beginning of Summer. Here is a strawberry and plum jam which I made over the weekend. It is sweet and delicious but I couldn’t really appreciate the plum flavor. The strawberries turned out to be the star of this jam and I don’t mind that at all. This is Spring in a jar, which will carry me well into Fall.

How to peel a plum: cut and X, pour boiling water over and let sit 30-40 seconds, drop plums into icewater, lift peel off from the corner of the X

How to peel a plum: cut and X, pour boiling water over and let sit 30-40 seconds, drop plums into ice water, lift peel off from the corner of the X

Strawberry Plum Jam makes 6, 8 oz jars or 1/2 pint jars

Ingredients: 

650 grams fresh strawberries, cut into large dice (23 oz or 4 cups diced)

400 grams fresh red plums, large dice (6 plums)

59 milliliter fresh lemon juice (2 fl oz or 1/4 cup, approx. 1 large juicy lemon)

1000 grams sugar (35 oz)

15 grams fruit pectin (2 tablespoons)

Directions:

Prepare strawberries but removing to leafy top and cut into a large dice. Peel skin off plums by first cutting an X in the top of each plum, then pour boiling water over plums, let sit for 40 seconds. Place plums into ice water, let sit for another 30 seconds or so, then using a small knife, simply pull peel off starting at the X. Cut plum meat away from the pit and cut into large dice. Set fruit aside.

Wash mason jars and lids in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

To sterilize jars you can use a canning pot which comes with a wire rack, or if you don’t have a canning pot, you can use a large stock pot and place a trivet or a folded up clean towel in the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with hot water and place clean jars upright into the water making sure they are covered by 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes, then turn off heat and let jars sit in the hot water until ready to use. Note: jars must be hot when the hot jam is filled into them. Place lids and rings into a heatproof dish making sure to spread them out so they don’t clump together. Fill dish with hot water and let the lids sit in water until ready to use.

In a large cooking pot, combine strawberries, plums, lemon juice and fruit pectin. Bring fruit to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar, return to a boil and continue cooking, while stirring constantly, for another 10 minutes. Remove fruit from heat and skim off the foam thoroughly (it makes for a pretty, clear jam). Ladle hot jam into sterilized hot jars, leaving no more that 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims clean with a moist paper towel and put on lids.

Place jars back into the hot water, which was used to sterilize jars. Bring water back up to a boil and process filled jars for another 10 minutes. Transfer them to a clean towel-lined surface where they can sit undisturbed 12 to 24 hours. Lids may make a popping sound as the jars cool, this is a sign of an airtight seal. Test the seals 24 hours after heat processing by pressing down on the center of each lid with your finger. If the lid does not move or pop, the jar is sealed. Label and store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate after opening.

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Jam

Let me tell you about this perfectly delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Jam. This jam has a really intense flavor, a fabulous bright red color and a slightly loose set (which I like). It reminds me of a perfectly clear and sunny September afternoon with no humidity, simply perfect! My husband, who never really cared for jam before, is going crazy over this jam and it has now become his favorite special treat.

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Jam

I have been interested in making my own jam for a long time but it always seemed really complicated. There is a lot to learn about canning, enough to write a book, which is not my intention in this post. So I am going to recommend that you invest in one or two books to help you understand the entire process and to be able to obtain a product that is safe to eat and has a long shelf life.

Making Jam

Making Jam

I don’t have all the equipment that is suggested but after having made this jam a couple of times, I now know what equipment is essential to make the process easier for myself. Ideally you want a canning pot which comes with a rack that holds the jars, however, a large stock pot can do the same job but it must be large enough to cover jars with 1 inch of water and to prevent the jars from cracking you can place a small folded clean dish towel or a stainless steel trivet at the bottom of the pan. You also need a wooden spoon, a small stainless steel ladle, stainless steel tongs to lift hot jars in and out of the boiling water, rubber coated jar lifter to transfer filled jars upright back into boiling water and finally glass Mason jars, screw-top rings and lids. You can reuse Mason jars and screw-top rings but the lids must always be new to ensure a proper seal.

Jam Test

Jam Test

There are numerous rules when you are canning and many of these rules should not be altered. To prepare myself for this adventure I went out and purchased a couple of books to learn from. The first one is Southern Living Little Jars, Big Flavors and what I love about this book is the very clear layout of the entire canning process. It explains why all of these steps are so important to follow and it points out which ingredients and methods should not be changed. Of course the book also has a lot of small-batch recipes with gorgeous pictures to get you inspired.

The second book I purchased is called Get Started Preserving. This book does a great job explaining how the natural pectin and acid content in fruit help achieve a jelly or “set”. It has some great charts which show pectin and acid content of key fruit, vegetables and fruit freezing times and a chart which shows water bath heat processing times for key fruits. The book also has an easy to read section on how foods spoil and the science of preserving. The book is loaded with photographs and it covers a wide variety of preserving from simply freezing fruit and vegetables, to bottled fruit in alcohol, salt preserves, pickling, fruit cheese, jams and jelly, fruit curd, cured fish and cured meats. The downside to this book is that the entire canning process is not as clearly laid out, when compared to the first book I mentioned.

Now that I have managed to completely turn you off to preserving your fruit, let me say this. Yes, there are a lot of rules to follow in order to keep you and your family safe when eating your wonderful canned goods. But if you set out to learn about the process (which is what I recommend) before attempting the process, and you know the steps involved, it is really a fun afternoon activity and the result is so much better than the store-bought jams. Now go do some canning and try not to kill anyone in the process, just kidding.  🙂

Strawberry Rhubarb Champagne Jam (makes approx 3 small 8 oz jars, depending on how much tasting you do along the way)

Ingredients:

460 gram strawberries (16.2 oz or about 3 cups), washed, hulled and quartered

140 gram rhubarb (4.9 oz or about 1 cup), washed and sliced

390 gram sugar (13.8 oz or 2 cups)

1 1/4 cup champagne (or sparkling wine)

4 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon pectin

Directions:

Wash mason jars and lids in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

Place a couple of small saucers in the freezer to do the jam test on later.

To sterilize jars you can use a canning pot which comes with a wire rack, or if you don’t have a canning pot, you can use a large stock pot and place a trivet or a folded up clean towel in the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with hot water and place clean jars upright into the water making sure they are covered by 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes, then reduce heat and continue to simmer until you are ready to fill jars. Note: jars must be hot when the hot jam is filled into them. Place lids and rings into a heatproof dish making sure to spread them out so they don’t clump together. Fill dish with hot water and let the lids sit in water until ready to use.

Combine strawberries, rhubarbs, lemon juice and champagne in a heavy-bottomed pan. Stir over low heat and let fruit simmer for 5 minutes. Mash fruit with a potato masher if desired. Stir pectin into sugar and add to the fruit all at one time. Stir until sugar has dissolved and simmer for another 15 minutes. Then bring the jam up to a rapid, rolling boil for 5 minutes. Start testing for set when the bubbles become larger and start to “plop”.

Take the pan off the heat while you test for set. To test for set, remove one of the saucers from the freezer and pour a tablespoon of jam onto the cold plate. Let it cool for a minute then run a finger through the jam. If the jam wrinkles and your finger leaves a trail, the jam is set. If jam is still runny, continue to boil and test again.

Once your jam is set, remove from heat and skim off any foam that settles on the surface. Remove hot sterilized jars from simmering water, one at the time, and fill with hot jam leaving 1/4 inch (6 mm) head room between jam surface and lid. Wipe the rims clean of any spilled jam using a paper towel dipped in hot water. Quickly place a lid, rubber side down on top of each jar. Place a ring onto each jar and screw on until just fingertip tight, do not over-tighten. Then heat process the jam by placing the sealed jars upright back into the simmering water and heat proof for another 10 minutes. Make sure jars stand upright the whole time and the lids are covered with 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Use tongs to remove processed jars, making sure to continue keeping them upright. Transfer them to a clean towel-lined surface where they can sit undisturbed 12 to 24 hours. Lids may make a popping sound as the jars cool, this is a sign of an airtight seal. Test the seals 24 hours after heat processing by pressing down on the center of each lid with your finger. If the lid does not move or pop, the jar is sealed. Label and store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate after opening.

Note: if you end up having some left-over jam, ladle it into a jar, place in refrigerator and use within a few days.

Source: adapted from Downton Abbey Cooks

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Mandelmusslor

Mandelmusslor is a Swedish dessert which is a delicate little morsel but big enough to satisfy your sweet craving. The shell is crisp and has a wonderful sweet almond flavor which is nicely contrasted with the soft and cool whipped cream and strawberry preserve. I choose to use a strawberry preserve here but you can certainly use any flavor you like.

Pressing dough into shells

This is not exactly a quick and easy dessert to make. It is a bit tedious pressing the dough into the tins, however, the Mandelmusslor can be made ahead of time and stored in a cookie tin so when you are ready to serve them, it’s very quick to whip up the cream and top with a teaspoon of jam. Viola, dessert anyone?

Let Mandelmusslor cool upside down

Word of advise, make sure tins are greased very well and when you go to remove them from the tins try to “bang” them straight down onto the baking sheet to release them. It may take just a couple of tries.

Mandelmusslor (makes 18)

Ingredients:

100 g margarine (3.5 oz.), at room temperature

150 g unsalted butter (5.3 oz.), at room temperature

150 g sugar (5.3 oz.)

1 teaspoon almond extract

30 g ground almond meal (1 oz.)

360 g all-purpose flour (12.7 oz.)

Filling:

1 pint (16 oz.) heavy whipping cream

Strawberry preserves (or use whichever is your favorite flavor)

Directions:

Beat margarine, butter and sugar until soft and smooth. Add the almond extract and the almond meal. While continuing to beat the mixture, add the flour in small increments until the dough comes together.

Preheat oven to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C)

Prepare tins by generously spraying them with baking spray. Pinching off a ball of dough the size of a small golf ball and press the dough into greased tin. You want the dough to be a pretty thin layer. Place tins on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

After tins are pulled out of the oven, using your oven mitts or a tea towel, turn the tins upside down on the baking sheet and let sit for a couple of minutes. Then lift tins up (careful tins will still be hot) and drop them firmly down onto the baking sheet to release the Mandelmusslor from the tins. Let the pastries cool upside down to maintain their shape.

For the filling: beat the whipping cream just until the cream starts to thicken. Serve Mandelmusslor with whipped cream and a teaspoon of preserve. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Anne’s Food

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Jam Thumbprint cookies are a regular visitor in our home at Christmas time. It has been my son’s favorite ever since he was a little boy and they always seem to simply just disappear. Use whatever your favorite jam is. What I used this time was strawberry, cherry and a wonderful jam containing apricot, peach and passion fruit which have become wildly popular here at our house. Also, it is not an accident (well it actually is….but it’s not) that the recipe calls for both vanilla bean as well as vanilla extract. I did that totally by accident one year because I misread the recipe but it turned out even better, so ever since then I have used both. But if you don’t have the vanilla bean on hand just go with the extract, they still turn out great.  🙂

Thumbprint Cookies (makes 37 cookies)

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (230 g)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 whole stick or 113 g), at room temperature

2/3 cup sugar (140 g), plus more for rolling

1 large egg

1 vanilla bean – seeds scraped from pod (optional)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup of your favorite jam (strawberry, cherry etc)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

In another bowl, whip the butter and sugar with an electrical mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla bean (if using) and the vanilla extract until combined. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients in 2 additions, mixing just until incorporated.

Scoop the dough into a 1 inch ball, toss in the extra sugar and roll using the palm of your hands. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press a thumbprint (or I use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon) into the center of dough ball, about 1/2 inch deep. Fill indentation with about 3/4 teaspoon jam.

Bake cookies until edges are golden, about 15 minutes. Rotate the pans from top to bottom about halfway through baking. Cool cookies on the baking sheets. Enjoy.

Store cookies in a tightly sealed container.

Glædelig Jul and Merry Christmas♥

1/2 teaspoon measuring tool makes indenting the cookies easy

Fill with your favorite jam

Source: adapted from Food Network

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Sparkling Linzer Stars

Sparkling Linzer Stars

I first saw the Sparkling Linzer Star recipe in Better Homes and Gardens magazine many years ago. The cookies are so festive and Christmasy and the process of assembling them is a lot of fun.  The recipe calls for both regular flour and whole wheat flour which makes it a little healthier, but I suppose you could just use all-purpose flour if you’re not into that sort of thing. Make sure to use a generous portion of seedless raspberry jam to increase the “delish” factor.

Flettede julestjerne

Danish Christmas Tradition: Juletræet (The Christmas Tree)

The Christmas Tree tradition has very old roots dating back to at least St. Boniface of Geismar, Germany. There are so many variations of this tradition depending on where in the world your located. In Danmark it’s tradition to put up and decorate the tree on Dec 23rd, although a lot of people now wish to put the tree up earlier. My parents would decorate the tree in the evening of the 23rd (little Christmas Eve) after my siblings and I were sent off to bed. The excitement was so intense that I could barely sleep and waking up to see the beautiful tree the following morning was almost magical. Old tradition for the Danish Christmas Tree is to decorate it with live candles, small Danish flags on a string, the children’s homemade braided paper hearts (flettede hjerter), paper cones (kræmmerhuse), braided stars (flettede stjerner) and some glass bulbs. Christmas in Denmark is celebrated on the eve of Dec 24th. The day of the 24th is spent waiting in anticipation, snacking on fruits, nuts and candy. A light but extra delicious lunch. Family oriented Christmas programs are on TV to help pass the time and finally after a spectacular dinner the time has come. It is time to form a circle around the tree, holding hands and sing Christmas hymns and Christmas songs while dancing around the Christmas tree. The tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree dates back to approximately 1830’s and it’s a tradition seen in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. After everyone has lost their breath from singing and dancing it is finally time to open the presents. And so you see, the glorious Christmas tree plays quite an important role to help create Danish Christmas Hygge.

Sparkling Linzer Stars Ingredients

Sparkling Linzer Stars

Ingredients:

1-1/3 cups butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

powdered sugar (optional)

Star cutouts

Centers cut out

Seedless Raspberry jam

Directions:

Beat butter in a large bowl on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until well combined. Beat in as much of both kinds of flour as you can, stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll each portion of dough on a floured surface until 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes using star cutters (I used a 4 inch and a 1-1/4 inch). Transfer 4 inch cutout cookie dough to prepared cookie sheets. Using the smaller 1-1/4 inch cookie cutter, cut out center from half of the unbaked cookies; remove centers and reroll dough to make more cookies.

Bake in preheated oven for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack, cool.

Spread the bottom of each solid cookie with a generous amount of raspberry jam. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the cookies with the cutout centers and place atop cookies with raspberry jam, sugar side up. Store in covered container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Glædelig Jul and Merry Christmas♥

Linzer Stars

Linzer Stars

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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