Thursday, 6 September 2012

Spiced Up Apple and Blackberry Jam/Chutney

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

I mentioned in the last post, (Fiery Apple Chutney), that I am not lucky enough to have an Apple tree in my garden, but lucky enough to have a blackberry bush spilling over instead ! Every summer I get an abundance of juicy blackberries bursting with flavour. Whenever I feel like it, I would pick them and use to make smoothies, pies or crumbles. This time I had lots of apples too, so I thought of making Apple and blackberry jam.

While I was making this jam I had no idea that in next few minutes I will add Tea Masala to it ! yes, tea masala !! Many times while I cook, Mr Husband comes and asks me shall I add this or that, in my cooking to tease me :) If I am making daal, he would say shall I add orange juice? Daal will be khatta Meetha.........:p . When I wanted to add sugar in this chutney he was making tea for us, so I asked him to pass me the sugar. He gave me Tea Masala and told me to add into chutney, for a second I gave him an angry look, but then I thought why not ? So I told him alright, I am gonna add :)). As soon as I said yes, he told me he was joking, I said I'M NOT ! Let's see, we'll add a small amount and see if we like it. Came out just right, Spices weren't prominent...there was a kick to it..So really I turned Jam into Chutney. I loved it, but my kids thought it's not sweet enough for them.

If you wish to use any other kind of berries, you can. Also you can skip spices totally or choose maybe one or two like Cinnamon, ginger or cardamom. I did not use any shop bought pectin. But if you like you can add - it will help your jam set quickly and retain fresh colour.
I must say Home made jam/chutney is much easier to make than you'd think and of course it makes a wonderful gift !

You will need:-
  • 3-4 small Cooking Bramley apples or any tart apple ( peeled, cored and chopped )
  • 200-250 g blackberries or any berries
  • 150 g sugar ( adjust to your taste )
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tsp tea masala ( or any other ground spices ) 

Thoroughly was the berries and finely chop the Apples. ( I used my veg chopper to chop apples ).
Put chopped apples in a large pan over the medium heat with about 50-60 ml water.
Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the berries and lemon juice. Simmer uncovered until soft-about 10-12 minutes.
Add the sugar and stir until it completely dissolves. Add tea masala, bring to the boil and boil for more 4-5 minutes.
Turn the heat off.
Leave for 10-15 minutes to cool. then spoon or pour into the sterile bottles and tighten the lid.
Wipe clean the bottles and lable them if you like.
Goes well with any bread, toast or Indian snack.

Linking this to my own event Superfoods SuperPower.

 Also event Pickle and Chutney by Ammaji's recipe.


  1. Looks awesome..nice clicks.
    I miss making all these preserves and jams..Children have grown up and hubby dear doesn't like one to enjoy them :(

  2. Would love to start my day with this jam with some toasted bread slices.

  3. another great idea of making chutney from fruits

  4. delicious..Join me in Fast Food event-Pasta and Know your Sweetness -Honey event in my blog

  5. This is what I call a delicious and mouthwatering chutney.



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