Last year our wonderful Bramley apple tree didn’t produce any apples – only the second time it has failed in 20 years. Luckily I had plenty left in the freezer from the previous year and have been able to work through them. I thought it would be good to try and empty the freezer ready for this year’s harvest and so made some Blackberry and Apple Jelly which is lovely on a a slice of toast, or on your porage, or with yoghurt……
It looks like it was a wise move, as this year’s harvest is immense! There are masses of apples and they are absolutely beautiful. One of our neighbours came round to help us pick the first few and went home with a huge bag. This still left us with loads and despite several hours of peeling, chopping and stewing I don’t seem to have made any headway with reducing the pile by the back door. And there are still loads on the tree. They will keep us going for a while anyway.
Blackberry and Apple Jelly
1kg cooking apples (I used 1kg of cooking apples that I had peeled, cored and stewed before freezing)
Juice of half a lemon
Muslin straining bag
5 x 400g jam jars
- If you are using cooking apples fresh, then you don’t need to peel and core them – just chop into 2cm-ish chunks. For this batch I used 1kg of cooking apples that I had peeled, cored and stewed before freezing last autumn. You can use fresh or frozen blackberries (again I used some I froze last year – or maybe even the year before!)
- Cook the fruit gently in ~750ml water until it has turned to mush
- Sterilise your muslin bag by putting it into boiling water for a few minutes
- Strain the fruit through the muslin bag into a large bowl overnight. Don’t be tempted to squash the fruit to speed this up or you’ll end up with cloudy jelly
- The following day, pop a saucer in the fridge so you can test your jelly for a setting point. Sterilise your jars by popping them into an oven heated to 100 degrees. Measure how much juice you have and then bring to a boil in a heavy bottomed pan. Once boiling add ~600g jam sugar to 1 litre of juice and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon juice. Then boil rapidly for 10-20 minutes until setting point has been reached (pop a teaspoonful of jelly onto your cold saucer – if it wrinkles up when you push a finger into it as it cools it is there).
- Turn the heat off and pour into the sterilised jars immediately. Pop a waxed circle on top and screw lids on tightly. Once cool (and hopefully set) label and enjoy!
I think we have been able to see snow on the hills to the south of Edinburgh since New Year. This last week has been school half term and there has been plenty of snow to keep the kids entertained – we have been dodging enthusiastic sledgers on our daily walks….. I don’t think … More Ginger and lime cake – and will it ever stop snowing?
It has turned into a proper winter – snow, ice and cold wet weather. It seems some years since we have had this amount of snow. We are lucky enough to live a short walk from open spaces with lovely views over the city, the Firth of Forth and Fife – enabling us to easily … More Raspberry and white chocolate cake – and snow!
And just like that, here we are in 2021. Let’s hope it is an improvement on 2020! I never stick to my new year resolutions but still make them nevertheless. Hopefully I will stick to this one: bake more cakes and update this blog more often. I wonder how many people have baked a banana … More Banana and apple cake – and Happy New Year