Known as the ‘Queen of Apples’, Pink Lady apples have a spritely flavour and high sugar content- which makes them perfect to cook with. I have paired these pommes with red plums and orange and combined the floral flavours of rose and lavender to create one royally decadent condiment. Just what you need for a beautiful breakfast, a lovely morning tea, or making your camping cuisine a little more gourmet!
(Just remember to save up some glass jars from other foods so that you will have somewhere to store this delectable condiment.)
Preparation Time: 10 mins; Cooking Time: 20 minutes; Makes approx. 2-3 small jars (or 2.5 cups)
- 3 Pink Lady apples, grated with skin
- 6 small red plums, pitted and sliced
- The rind and juice of 1 orange
- 1 cup caster sugar,
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp dried rose buds, break of the stems and loosen the petals (you can find at spices stores, tea stores or Asian grocers)
- 1/2 tsp culinary lavender (crushed)
- In a large saucepan, combine the apples, plums, orange rind, orange juice and sugar.
- Stir in the lavender and 1/2 the amount of rose petals.
- Increase the heat to bring mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, Simmer, uncovered, stirring the mixture occasionally until the mixture becomes thick and starts pulling away into a solid mixture from the sides of the saucepan- it usually takes around 20minutes . Add extra water if required
- Stir in the remainder of the rose petals and ladle into sterilised jars.
How to preserve your jam in used jars
- Preheat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius and place clean, glass jars upright on a baking tray.
- Place the baking tray with jars into the oven for 15-20mins
- Remove the jars from the oven and add the hot jam into the jars (making sure the jars do not cook down too much)
- Cover the jars with the lids and as the mixture cools down it will naturally create a seal in the jar. If the lid has a ‘pop-up’ button, you can press this down when the mixture has cooled for about 10-15minutes.
- You should be able to preserve the jam for 6months.