Got a storeroom full of preserves? Mason jars of jam with handwritten labels? Its time to eat the bounty of seasons past, before fresh fruit is here again. Here are 10 tasty ways to put your jam to good use.
1. Work jam right in.Roll your scone batter half an inch thick, spread with jam, then fold in half each way, press down, cut, and bake into flaky biscuits interspersed with warm, gooey jam.
2. Fall in love with porridge.Stir jam into it and bake for ten minutes at high heat.
3. Layer a spoon or two in between quick bread batter.Think currant jelly in the center of bran muffins, banana bread with cardamom laced apricot jam running through it, and Irish soda bread with apple butter baked right in.
4. In (not on) French toast.Cut a slit in each slice of bread and fill with strained ricotta stirred together with jam.
5. Glamorize your syrup.Add jam to maple syrup, heat, and pour over your pancakestry blackberry jam, with a squeeze of lime to cut the sweetness, especially delicious with buckwheat flour pancakes (gluten-free bonus!).
And for the savoury palate, a little confiture and some creativityand maybe a little boozego a long way
6. In sauce.Rhubarb jam loosened with a bit of rose wine and cider vinegar, plus a crack of coriander makes a zippy sauce for pan-seared trout.
7. Get Meaty.Caramelize mushrooms or onions with a splash of brandy, a smash of apricot jam, and a dash of cream is luxury for steak.
8. Asian Dipping.Five spice, chilis, rice wine vinegar, sake, and plum jam makes for an Asian inspired dipping sauce.
9. As a cocktail snack.Heat marmalade with a bit of dry sherry, olive oil, chilis flakes, and coarse salt to toss with toasted nuts for a quick cocktail snack.
10. And evenina cocktail!Use a bit of jam to replace simple syrup or sugar, and to infuse your favourite cocktail: blackberry mojito? G&T&R(hubarb)? peach jam bellini? The options are endless.
We be jammin.