Quick! Let’s jam:
Jam, that was quick!
(Get it!? I’ll stop now.)
Just throwing this out there: it is so. worth. remembering to freeze berries in the summer. It is also so. worth. growing your own herbs. Here’s a cool method..readers, meet Aerogarden:
Or you could just purchase them from your local grocery store ..equally delicious.
This jam is bright, refreshing, not too sweet which makes it the perfect complement to the richest treats. Try it! For Valentine’s Day! But really for any day.
- Spread some jam between some chocolate cookies for a perfectly simple and sweet Valentine’s Day treat. Try these! Of course…you COULD take them to the next level and dip them in chocolate and sprinkles but that’s your call.
- Stir/stuff some into these completely absolutely best-chocolate-cookie-of-my-life treats. (Seriously. I’ve tried it. I cannot accurately express the insane decadent deliciousness. Make those.)
- Stir some into your favorite brownie recipe. If you like to blur the brownie/fudge line Try these!
- For a special Valentine’s Day breakfast, try this chocolate raspberry pancake situation with your fresh homemade jam!
Or you know….have some toast.
Mint Raspberry Quick Jam
“Recipe” my own
12 oz raspberries (fresh or frozen…this works with all kinds of berries so feel free to experiment)
1/4 cup waterjuice from 1/2 a lemon (optional but I really like the bright citrus flavor)1/4 cup sugar (or more to taste)1 tablespoon chia seeds (you could also use cornstarch to thicken the raspberry mixture)
(optional) chopped fresh mint to taste-(I used a couple of tablespoons (chopped) thrown in at the end)
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water, berries, lemon juice and sugar to a boil. Stir the chia seeds into the mixture until well combined and turn the heat down to low.
**Note: The level of mint flavor depends on when you add the mint to the mixture. The earlier you add it the more it will be a background flavor. If you add it at the very end it comes through brighter and more upfront. Choose your own adventure! Either add it now or wait until the jam is almost at your desired consistency and just barely cook it down
2. Stirring periodically to keep the jam from sticking to the bottom of the pan, let the mixture simmer until thick and jammy =). The longer it simmers the thicker it will be, it might take 20 minutes or it could go for an hour. It just depends on how thick you like your jam!