Earlier this evening, I was reading an article about how Princess Kate enjoys spending her free time making jam (amongst other hobbies). As a Brit, I thought it would be a good idea to embrace our love of jam, or as the American's call it - jelly.
I've never made jam before but decided to experiment with some peaches that were on the verge of being binned. I have to admit, my first attempt turned out a little too sweet and sickly. Adding a bit of water and changing the proportions put an end to that.
It's a really simple recipe and takes no more than 40 minutes to make.
Here is how I did it:
300g of peaches (peeled and diced)
150g of granulated sugar
200ml of water
Juice of 1 lemon
A wooden spoon
A chopping board
A kitchen knife
A jar/ storage container
Peel and dice the peaches
Pop in the saucepan and stir on a low heat for 5 minutes
Add the sugar to the saucepan and stir continuously for 5 minutes
Increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil - stirring continuously
Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved into a syrup
Stir in the boiled water until the syrup has formed a paste
Add the lemon juice
Continue stirring until the mixture has a jam consistency
Remove from heat and leave to cool
Once cooled, pour into a pretty jar or in my case, a storage container, to preserve your pretty peach preservative!