How To Make Jam
A step by step guide on how to make jam. Includes an introduction to jam making principles, cooking equipment, and simple jam recipes for common fruit.
Fruit Ice Lollies
Fruit ice lollies make great desserts. They can be made with fresh or frozen fruit, and require very little preparation. However, you will need a lolly mould and lolly sticks. A blender or chopper and a sieve come in very useful too.
White Currant Jam
White currant jam sets easily and tastes indulgently sweet. It is a great way of enjoying a bumper crop of white currants (or red currants & blackcurrants).
Strawberry Redcurrant Jam
Strawberries make delicious jam, but the challenge is that it can be difficult to set. Strawberry and redcurrant jam is the solution, as yummy redcurrants are high in jam setting pectin. A simple and delicious solution!
This homemade cranberry sauce recipe creates a sauce bursting with fruity flavours. Sweet, but not too sweet. It is quick to make, and thanks to the cranberries, packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
A signature treat made from sweet meringue, creme fraiche, and raspberries. Its stunning looks belying that it is easy to make. One Eton volcano is never enough!
Eton mess is fabulously sweet tasting dessert combining crunchy meringue, cream, and fresh raspberries. For our recipe, we swapped out the whipped cream for creme fraiche for a lower fat alternative.
Baking apples makes a very quick dessert, and really helps bring out the sweetness of the fruit. Add butter, honey, and dress up with a dollop of ice cream. It is a great way of using up apples that are a little sharp, or acidic, to eat fresh.
Turning fruit into tarts is a great way to make a treat out of home grown fruit. Enjoyable all year round if using home made jam, or use baked or fresh fruit when in season.
Poached pears are a light but delicious dessert. Poached in red wine, the pears absorb the colour and soften into the most delicious texture, accompanied by a sweet juice made from honey, cranberries, and mulled spices.
Not all mousse needs chocolate! Our strawberry mousse is a vitamin rich alternative. Simply swap the strawberries for other soft fruit that you prefer.
Fruit Meringue Swirls
Fruit meringue swirls are bite sized portions of meringue combined with the juice of the fruit of your choosing. Our recipe uses raspberries, but strawberries, blackberries or blackcurrants would work really well too.
Plums make a sweet tasting chutney. It is a good solution to a surfeit of plums, and is best made with plums on the firm side.
Compotes use significantly less sugar than jam and this helps the fruit flavours burst through. Tayberry compote is a favourite, but it is easy to substitute for more readily available fruit like raspberries or blackberries.
Strawberry coulis creates a stunning mouth watering dessert when drizzled over ice cream. It is very quick to make using strawberries, a little lemon juice, and sugar. No cooking is involved.
Growing rhubarb, and making rhubarb crumble, is easy to do and much appreciated by friends and family. This is an every day rhubarb crumble recipe, reducing the amount of sugar and fat to a tasty but healthy minimum.
Melon smash makes a sweet, light tasting, refreshing desert. It is quick to make containing melon, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. The recipe involves no cooking, simply place all the ingredients together and blitz.
Plums become even sweeter when cooked, and this recipe shows off plums to their best poaching the fruit in a syrup with added port – if you like you can leave out the port and use more syrup instead. A dessert ideal for sharing with friends and family.
A breakfast to look forward to. Compote contains much less sugar than jam and is full of the vitamins of fruit. Compote can substitute jam on toast, but really shines when combined with yoghurt and muesli to create a delicious breakfast meal.