Jamming it


Jam in a pan  Oh my gosh, I'm really getting domesticated now. Having been enticed by the blackberry bushes by our local swings, the children and I went blackberry picking last weekend.

I turned them into jam on Saturday (with the addition of some apples and farm-bought blackberries, as I just didn't have quite enough).

It's now the highlight of our existence. My son is dishing it out to all and sundry and quite frankly, I'm feeling rather proud of myself. I always thought jam-making was really difficult, but I did it for the first time and lived to tell the tale!

All in all it took about two hours, and with my trusty cooks essential's pans, the washing-up took just five minutes. Here's the recipe. It's completely delicious and you have to give it a go (well obviously you don't have to, but I highly recommend it!)

The finished product! My next request has come from Dicky from backstage, who's asked me to try lemon curd, so feel free to share your recipes and any other suggestions.

Pipa x


  1. dill wilson September 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    lakeland are excellent for all goodies and lids for jam making unfortunately cannot lift the pan any longer but you can make jam from anything left lying around happy times ahead for you and your family

  2. Dianne Ford September 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    hi pippa i saw you today talking about your jam ,well done, its very satisfying when you have a lovely row of freshly made jam .now you must try making chutney it is so easy 3lb of apples 1 1/2 lb of sugar 1/2 pint of vinegar chop all ingredients very small and put in heavy pan bring to the boil and then med heat until the mixture has thickened. add 1tbsp of salt to the pan when you put all the other ingredients in

  3. Pipa September 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Dianne I think your chutney will be a great challenge!…although you make it sound so easy….I’ll add it to my list and give it a go! However I’m clearly not the only one jam making at the moment because Dill, like you said Lakeland is fab for jam and baking bits and I went there just today to get some lids and their shelves were bare!!! I was so shocked because on Saturday they had LOADS!!…must be a seasonal thing perhaps?

  4. Denise September 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Blackberry jam – yum yum! We have blackberries in the garden and also near to where we live so have plenty myself! I’ve made and frozen pies,froze the berries themselves and like you made jam which was gorgeous! I got a big pack of croissants reduced in the supermarket which went with the jam a real treat. I love making jam its so satisfying. I have made lemon curd in the past and that was lovely too especially in the middle of a Victoria sponge. The recipe I used was 4 eggs,4oz sugar,juice and rind 4 lemons and 4oz butter. Put everything in large bowl and cook in microwave and cook till thickened. Not made it for ages but stir every couple of mins or you will get scrambled egg and would cook on half power. Takes a while but worth it in the end and much better and tangy than shop bought.
    Never made chutney but have decided I’m going to have a go this year so watch this space!!

  5. moira talbot September 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    hello pippa,in the word’s of my grandchildren oh my woolly word!.your blackberry jam is amazing,and so easy to make.they love it on brown bread.my husband and i picked the blackberry’s on thursday afternoon, and by seven oclock the same evening we had 10 jar’s of delious jam.well done looking forward to your next recipe. best wishe’s moira

  6. Pipa September 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Oooh Denise I’ll try your version of the lemon curd, thanks!! And Moira – Keep checking back and I shall endeavour to do more – although, there are monthly recipes of all sorts on my website http://www.TheRaphaelProject.com on the Food and Drink section xx

  7. Susan September 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Jam…delicious! Well done you & I’m sure the kids definately appreciated it! I meant to say earlier that as I was waiting in the the doctor’s waiting area not so long ago I thought…do I know that voice? I looked up at the screen & there you were! On the life channel with all these kiddies! You are one busy lady!!
    Look forward to your next recipe!

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