Two of my sweet, adorable, funny, beautiful nieces and I set aside a day last week to make jam together. I was feeling pretty honored that two teenage girls willingly spent time with me for a few hours. We made 4-5 batches including blueberry, strawberry..Read More
When I see Bing cherries on sale, I ALWAYS buy them. I love cherries. I can make my way through a bag of cherries in no time. Gently bite..detect pit with teeth..work pit outside of teeth..spit pit out..enjoy delicious cherry flesh..repeat. We recently found ourselves with tons ofRead More
My thumb is finally healing from my apple-peeling incident, but things are not the same as before on the right side of my left hand. I have a band-aid covering it at all times because looking at it reminds me of the pain I felt on that day! I would prefer never to experience anything like that again!Read More
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This apricot jam mixed with sweet raspberries is delicious. No pectin is used in this recipe because it's perfectly made to be slather on your food naturally. This is an easy way to enjoy this fresh combination of summer fruits and make breakfast even more delicious!
Since becoming a jam-making fanatic, we have jam all over our fridge. I'm not the only person in this house who loves having jars of jam bumping into the milk container and the butter and the celery and the blueberries. Every one of my family members eats my jam, and that is saying a lot. It is just about the only food that we all love.
This jam combines two wonderful fruits that you can pick up in your grocery store or find at the local orchards and farmers markets. Raspberries are much more well known for their jam qualities but I implore you to continue listening. Apricots, a yellow/orangeish stone fruit is more similar to a plum than a peach but they are a little tart. The raspberry nicely compliments this fruit and keeps the sweet from overtaking the tart and vice versa.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do!
HOW TO MAKE APRICOT RASPBERRY JAM
It's time to make small batches of this jam recipe because tart apricots and raspberries deliver a fresh, tasty jam perfect over breakfast!
In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine:
8 to 9 apricots, seeded and cut into small pieces
2 cups raspberries
Add the sugar.
Stir, smashing the raspberries with the back of your spoon, folding any white foam into the mixture as you continue. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the pan and bring to a boil the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring often to prevent scorching your jam. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, up to 20 to reach the desired consistency.
Divide the jam between 3 pint-size jars. Close the jars and allow the jam to cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
This is a perfect jam topped on your favorite breakfast foods!
In place of cutting the apricots into small pieces, you can put your food processor to use and pulse them until they are coarsely broken up.
Add the zest of a 1/2 of an orange to your saucepan as you cook for a slightly more complex flavor.
To enjoy this recipe with a slightly healthier version, feel free to reduce the amount of sugar used as these fruits can be quite sweet on their own. Otherwise, another alternative is to substitute out sugar for coconut sugar, erythritol or honey. For 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 cup honey.
HOW TO ENJOY APRICOT RASPBERRY JAM
Topped on pancakes
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It has been a gloomy week here in Minnesota. Lots of low, thick clouds that cause Elijah to constantly ask me if it is night-time. This winter has been uniquely and awesomely warm, minus a handful of cold and snowy days, so I'm not complaining about the gloom. Last year at this time I had icicles hanging from my frozen body that I thought would never melt.Read More
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Taking the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a new level - this Peanut Butter Cream Cheese and Jelly Roll-Ups recipe is a great way to spice up your lunch. A fun spin-off to a kids classic! School lunches just got an upgrade!
My silly 3-year-old has quite a unique way of eating his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He pulls all of the pieces apart and spreads them around on his plate, face up. Then he devours the pieces with jelly and licks any remnants of jelly off the peanut butter pieces. Which is peculiar, because he loves peanut butter. He would rather eat that from a spoon, though (like mama, like son!).
I found a creative way to make him a (not-at-all-healthy) spin-off of a PB&J so that he eats it all! Every last crumb. No sticky, peanut buttery mess to clean up after this is done.
Place a piece of bread on a cutting board. With a rolling pin, roll the bread out as flat as possible.
Cut off the crust edges with a knife to create a nice square-shaped piece of smooshed bread.
Put a stripe of jelly down the center of the bread. I like to put the jelly in the center so it doesn't squish out the sides once the rolling happens.
Spread peanut butter on one side of the jelly and cream cheese on the other side. Or you could put peanut butter on both sides.
Starting at either the PB or CC side, gently roll the bread with your fingers until it becomes a roll.
Slice one-inch pieces off with a knife and serve to a hungry child!
I made this twice since my first one did not turn out pretty. While I was shooting round two, Elijah had his little self wedged in our open fridge as he gobbled down every single one of my not-pretty rolls. And then he ate the second batch. And yes, I fed him vegetables for dinner.
For the peanut butter lover in your family Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars are a must try! You won't be disappointed, the kid in all of you will say "YUM"!