Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We Be Jammin'... Mirabelle-Rosemary Jam



Mirabelle-Rosemary Jam
Found on Food

Mirabelles (also called sometimes yellow plums) are not as tart as plums can be. These small fruit goes well together with a herb like rosemary. To balance the flavors I add here vanilla, which helps to blend the flavors well without being dominating. To make it fruity I add lime juice and use again the Dr. Oetker's super gelling sugar 3:1. This sugar contains already pectin and you need on 1/3 of the fruit weight as additional sugar. The taste? I love it!

YIELDS 3-4 glasses à 200ml (a little less than a half pint)

INGREDIENTS 

* 720g (about 4 cups) yellow plums (weight after pitting, see note)

* 240g (about 1 cup) super gelling sugar (Dr. Oetker's, see note) 

* 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (each about 2 inches long) 

* 2 Tablespoon lime juice 

* 1⁄2 vanilla bean

DIRECTIONS

* Pit the mirabelles and weight 720 grams. Puree them to a degree you would like the fruit to be in your jam. I use the food processor for mashing.

* Put them mirabelle puree into a suited pot and add the super gelling sugar and mix.

* Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrap out the seeds. Put seeds aside.

* Add vanilla bean halves and the rosemary sprigs to the fruit mixture. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat stirring constantly. Cook for 4 minutes stirring all the time.

* Take from heat and remove rosemary sprigs and vanilla bean halves.

* Add lime juice and vanilla seeds and mix.

* Fill into prepared twist off preserving jars and close jars. Let stand for 1 minute and then turn upside down. Let stand for 10 minutes and turn over again. Let cool completely.

* NOTE on "Dr. Oetker's Super Gelling Sugar 3:1". Dr. Oetker is a well known brand in Germany. There are several gelling sugars available. The "3:1" super gelling sugar already contains pectin and you only need 1/3 of sugar. If you can't get it, you could also use Dr. Oetker's 2:1 super gelling sugar (the use 360 g sugar). Follow the instructions on the package.

* NOTE on "yellow plums". Use mirabelles, which are very small yellow plums. They are different from plums though. Mirabelles is not recognized as an ingredient. So I used the term yellow plums.

Note from Granny: Gelling sugar can be found on Amazon (as well as several other places, as I found) https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Oetker-Gelierzucker-500g-Gelling/dp/B003TKL7YG

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