Biagi’s Bramble Jelly!


Biagi's Bramble Jelly on toast Well it’s finally made! Delicious, sweet, fresh and very juicy Bramble Jelly! There's nothing like the smell of bubbling jam or jelly with wild fruit to bring back childhood memories.

We made a lot more than last year and it’s surprising how much fruit you need to make a small amount of jelly. It’s like liquid gold but worth every minute spent plucking the berries from the hedgerows. 

Here’s the recipe:

• 1.8kg (4lbs) Brambles
• 3dl water (1/2 pint) water
• A large peeled cooking apple
• Juice of two lemons
• Sugar

Tip: I find that the jelly sets better if you include quite a lot of under ripe berries.

Berries and apples Method

1. Wash the berries first and drain well. Put into a preserving pan or a very large heavy-bottomed saucepan with the lemon juice, apple and water and simmer well for about an hour. 

Berry pulp 2. Strain through a jelly strainer of muslin cloth, but do not be tempted to squeeze the last bit of juice out as the jelly will then become cloudy. Just be patient and allow the juice to drip through. 

3. Measure the juice and add about 1lb of sugar for each 6dl (1pint) of juice. I like to add a bit less sometimes to make it a bit sharper, but try the taste and add more if you like. 

Straining juice from the berries 4. Heat gently until all the sugars dissolves, and then bring rapidly to the boil. Boil hard for about 15-20 mins until the jelly has reached a set.

You can test this by putting a saucer in the freezer for half an hour and when you think the jelly has reached setting point, dribble a bit on the saucer. After a moment or two, push your finger nail into it and see if it crinkles, if it does then the jelly is ready, if not boil for another five minutes and test again. 

5. Pour into hot sterilized jars and store somewhere where the kids can’t find it!

Biagi's Bramble Jelly We ended up with about 4kgs of berries so scaled up the quantities and this made 3 pints of juice, so about seven jars of rich dark red jelly. At the current rate of consumption that should last us until the end of the week. 

I hope this is not too late for you to get some berries from your local walk and my apologies for all of you north of the border, for whom the berry season is probably over.

I hope you like it! Simon x



  1. Anesha October 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Well done you, my attempt at jam this year was not very good! Mine is solid in the jar and has been soaking for several weeks to get it out! Anesha

  2. Simon Biagi October 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Oh Anesha, don’t worry it’s always a bit hit and miss with jam, I guess this year I was lucky! Simon

  3. dorothy young October 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    hi simon
    you can def come and live with me, i love home made jam i always get some off my friend its gorgeous but mine,well we will not talk about it you could use it for bouncy balls. keep up the good work.
    love dorothyxx

  4. simon biagi October 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the offer Dorothy but I am very untidy and according to my family, very grumpy in the morning!! Still we can have nice toast with jam! Simon X

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