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Speedy summerberry jam

Speedy summerberry jam

Capture the best of summer's fruit with this quick jam recipe. Try it with any combination of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry.

Ingredients

  • 750g/1½lb mixed summer berries including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

  • 100ml/3½fl oz water

  • 400g/14oz caster sugar

  • teacakes, to serve

Preparation method

  1. Wash and remove any stalks from the fruits. Place in a pan with water and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the sugar, stir until it has dissolved and boil for a further 15-20 minutes.

  2. Transfer to any airtight jars (a couple of clip jars are perfect) to cool. Once cooled, cover and chill in the fridge where it will thicken and become more jam-like. It will keep for up to 2 months.

  3. Spread the jam over hot, buttered toasted teacakes, crumpets or scones - or how about another British classic, the jam sandwich.

  4. The jam adds a fruity tang stirred into natural yogurt, or you can gently heat it and serve with ice cream or on pancakes with thick cream.

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