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I'm 41 years old and home educate my only son, we live with my partner of 10 years. I have a very supportive family and along with my mum we have recently opened up a shop on etsy selling our creations.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Sweet Chilli Jam

Sorry for the lack of updates recently, life sometimes makes it difficult to write a post daily so for a little while I'll be posting once a week and to make up for it I'm going to share my recipe for Sweet Chilli Jam.

Sweet chilli jam served over baked camembert

2 large red peppers (add more pepper and less chilli for a milder jam)
10 red chillis (add more chillies for a hotter jam, I used 12)
a couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes (alternativley a can of cherry tomatoes)
1 medium sized garlic bulb
1 finger length piece of fresh ginger
750 grammes of golden caster sugar
250 ml red wine vinegar

Wash and deseed your peppers then roughly chop them, don't worry about chopping into small pieces it's just so they fit in the blender. Wash the chillies and tomatoes, mine are both home grown but store bought will work just as well. If you want a milder jam deseed your chillies here, I leave mine in for heat and texture.

Peel your ginger and garlic and roughly chop the ginger.
Put tomatoes,peppers and chillies into the blender and blend until finely chopped, add most of this mixture to your pan but keep a little bit in the blender to make the next step easier.
Add the ginger and garlic to the remaining mixture in the blender and blend untill finely chopped, then add to the pan of already blended tomatoes,peppers and chillies.
Finally add your sugar and red wine to the pan, turn on the heat and bring everything to a boil stirring continuously.

As the jam starts to boil skim off any of the foamy scum that rises to the surface. Turn down the heat and simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally.
After about an hour you will notice the jam start to thicken and the bubbles get smaller so that it looks like bubbling lava, stir continually at this point as you don't want to over cook it and end up with treacle. As you are stirring you will know the jam is ready when the spoon starts to leave a trail and you can briefly see the bottom of the pan through it, using a cold metal spoon dip into the jam if it coats the back of the spoon nice and thinly the jam is ready and you can turn off the heat ( the jam will thicken quite a bit more as it cools).

looks a little like bubbling lava

Once the jam has cooled slightly (please be careful as it stays hot a long time) transfer carefully to a jug and fill sterilized jars and containers, store in dark place for upto 3 months and once opened transfer to a refridgerator.

This jam is good with almost anything, i love it poured over a baked camembert or try australian style poured over cream cheese and eaten with tortilla chips.

1 comment:

  1. this looks great! look forward to trying it out if i can figure what is what once my chillies start to grow :)
    i also home educate ... my eldest was bullied for 2 years in p1/2. was horrific :( love it and they get a chance to follow their interests/dreams.
    deb aka simply aroha :)