The kids suggested that I make their moms AMAZING blackberry banana bread but I didn't have any bananas on hand. Our friend Hoa suggested I make blackberry and fontina grilled cheese sandwiches. I wanted to make blackberry turnovers but could not find pastry sheets for the life of me. So what did I make? Spiced wild blackberry jam. This was my first time making jam and it turned out great! Here is the recipe.
Spiced Wild Blackberry Jam
4 cups of blackberries
1 cup of white sugar
2 tablespoons of corn starch
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground all spice
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
Jars to store your jam in
Mash blackberries in a saucepan with a potato masher (or in my case, your measuring cup).
Stir in sugar until juices form; place about 1 tablespoon blackberry juice in a small bowl and stir in cornstarch.
Pour cornstarch mixture into saucepan.
Bring berries to a boil, stirring often, until jam is thickened, about 15 minutes.
Stir in cinnamon and allspice.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Transfer jam to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
Stir in lemon juice.
Transfer jam into jars, throw a label on the jars and give away as gifts...because there is no way you can consume all that jam.
[Mashed berries. Looks like I just murdered someone in the saucepan.]
[Reserve 1 tablespoon of berry juice.]
[Add 2 tablespoons of corns starch.]
[Combine the juice and corn starch. Don't be like me and use such a small bowl.]
[The cinnamon and all spice take this jam to the next level.]
[After your jam has cooled and thickened, it should coat a spatula.]
[The final product! I was going to make it all cute and add fabric to the tops but this weekend was crazy and I had no time.]
Originally posted on AllRecipes