Thursday, August 19, 2010

OF SOAKING FRUITS, MAKING WINE AND HOMEMADE JAM...I can smell X'mas already!


Was that a weird title? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Let me tell you what I have been doing all these days, since last Thursday, since the last post of mine :-)

I have been trying to be proactive (what a change!) and preserve some fruits for:


1.Cake for which you might have to wait till December for the recipe :-/ . I you are impatient like me, you might have to be happy with my Ultra Moist Fruit Cake for the time being.

2.Jam

&

3.Wine : Uh-oh! Can't help but wait till December! :-/
The fruits that you see in the above picture are cherries and pluots. Pluots are a cross between plums and apricots. For me and Jobin, they tasted more like plums. So, it is tart and a bit sweet. They can be substitued with plums or apricots.

For this jam, you can use any fruits of your choice.







CHERRY- PLUOTS & GINGER JAM
I developed this recipe from the basic jam recipe shared by Helene on Facebook.




Ingredients:
Any fruits -1 kg, one variety or mixed. (I used a mix of cherry and pluots)
Sugar-0.5 kg
Ginger-a small piece, grated fine
Lemon juice- 1/2 to 1 tsp

Method:

  • Peel (optional) and chop the fruits and transfer it to a heavy bottomed sauce pan .
  • Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Grate the ginger into it and mix.
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then simmer on medium- low  for 1-1.5 hours or till the setting point *.
  • Bottle it into clean jars.
* Setting point is exactly the stage at which you need to stop cooking your jam.To find out whether your jam has reached that stage, take a plate, leave it in the freezer for a while, pour a drop of the jam onto the chilled plate and touch it with your pointer finger and see if it's holding it's shape and not coming away with you as you pull away your finger.Start checking for the setting point after 1 hour of simmering.

Verdict:
I loved the addition of fresh ginger to it, it gets you back to reality when you lose yourselves in the sweetness of the fruits. A very simple recipe with endless possibilities!This recipe is a winner!

17 Comments:

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Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks superyum n amazing..mm..mm..mmm..tht closeup is making me dead....

Divya Kudua said...

Oh wow..a very Christmas-sy post for sure!!Have you soaked the fruits in rum/wine or both?Love your weighing scale:)

Satya said...

getting ready for christmas !! wow thats what i call planning .... my neighbours in chennai are a nice old christian couple with all their kids in US... every year aunty gives me a different cake and we enjoy it a lot...

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Pavithra said...

The pictures are awesome ria.. and the jam is so good and yummy!!! home made is the best hah and i made blueberry and plum jam almost finished and this looks truly tempting.

Nitha said...

I too would like to prepare the wine for christmas.. How do you preserve the fruits??

archana said...

Loved the surreal air of the photos. Christmas is never too far away, can't wait to see your fruit cake recipe.

Bharathy said...

ayyo...too good!! :)..these days I get hooked up with your pics than your recipes..but this is a real feast of both!!!!

honey said...

Dear Ria,
I came across your amazing blog through divya's blog...and though i am not a very avid cook i make it a point to visit your blog every once in a while..lemme put it this way i can almost smell and taste the wonder stuff you cook just by looking at the pics!!!simply amazing ..you inspire me and your blog is one of the best that i have come across..keep up the good work..i just love ur pics:)

Maria said...

I love that blue colored bottle, I want one :) Liked all the pictures, so colorful!

Priya said...

Awesome clicks, glossy jam tempts me a lot...u have soaked the fruits already:)..great..

Shanthi said...

Amazing and the jam looks perfect

An Open Book said...

ria..hats off to you for doing all this...good job :)

Ria Mathew said...

Grant-Grey Guda- Thank you so much for your kind words :)

Sanyukta- Thank you :)

Divya- In rum :)

Satya- Oh! I am ever ready for X'mas! :) Thank you :)

Pavithra- Thank you :) Isn't jam making a bliss?

Nitha- I don't have another wine recipe on my blog, so you will have to wait for it.

Archana- Thank you! :) I am always ready for Christmas because of so much baking and decoration involved :)

Bharathy- Ah! I am so glad that someone said that! That means my pictures are improving! Phew! :)

Honey- Thank you so so much for visiting :)You made me so so happy! :D

Maria-Thank you! Oh ! Even I love that blue coloured bottle. It was a white wine bottle.

Priya,Shanthi,Nisha- Thank you so much! :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

You sure are a super planner. Got so much done for Christmas already! I've read a lot about pluots, and I should love it, when it eventually comes down here!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, you are very organized! Surely delicious. Your shots are so pretty.

Cheers,

Rosa

Unknown said...

Ria, i made strawberry jam followin this recipe... N it came out Perfct!!!!!... As always ya recipe frm ur awesome collection shwed me trye Justice!.. Hats off to u...!!! U Rock!!!

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