Blackberry and apple jelly
Makes: about 900g
Prep time:(plus at least 4 hours straining)
Total time:(plus at least 4 hours straining)
Skill level: Bit of effort
- 1kg blackberries
- 2 large cooking apples, roughly chopped
- Approx. 600-700g (1ľlb-1lb 6oz) granulated sugar
- 8g sachet pectin
- Jelly bag
- Sterilised jam jars, wax discs and lids or cellophane covers
The apples donít need to be peeled or deseeded before cooking, just rinse and dry them and chop them.
- Tip the blackberries and apples into a preserving pan or large pan and add 500ml (16fl oz) water. Bring the contents of the pan to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 mins, or until the fruit is soft.
- Tip the fruit into a jelly bag, and leave the mixture to strain for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Donít be tempted to squeeze the bag, just let the juice drip through it, because if itís squeezed, the jelly will be cloudy.
- Place a small plate in the freezer to chill.
- Discard the pulp in the jelly bag and weigh the amount of juice. An equal weight of sugar is needed. Measure out the granulated sugar, and mix the pectin into it.
- Pour the syrup into a clean pan and add the sugar with pectin. Place the pan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Increase the heat and boil the syrup rapidly for 3-4 mins. Turn off the heat. Spoon a little of the mixture on to the chilled plate. Leave it for a few mins to see if it starts to set. If it gets a skin, press it with your finger to see if it wrinkles. If the surface wrinkles, the jelly is ready. If not, return the pan to the heat and boil for a further 1-2 mins, then test the set of it again. Keep repeating this until it reaches setting point.
- Pour jelly into warm jars, filling them as high as possible. Place the wax discs on top of the surface, wax-side down, making sure that there are no air bubbles under the paper. Leave it to cool, then cover the jars with lids or cellophane covers. It will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. Once jars are open, store them in the fridge.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 46(kcal)
- Fat 0.0g
- Saturates 0.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.