It's definitely feeling more Autumnal here in Wiltshire, and there are plenty of berries in the hedgerows. I took H out blackberry picking, its such a nice feeling picking the abundant fruit, knowing its going to make enough jam to see us through the winter. People always stop to talk, and lots of kids stop to ask what I am doing.
Blackberry & Apple Jam
You will need:
Equal quantities of fruit to sugar.
For example, 3lb of blackberries, 1lb of apples to 4lb of sugar.
If you use crab or cooking apples, you wont need to use jam sugar, regular granulated sugar will be fine.
About 8 jam jars with lids
Cling film or waxed disks
Wash and sterilise the jars, either by putting them upside down in a warm oven for 20 minutes (about gas mark 4, 180 degrees) or use sterilising solution.
Wash and pick over the fruit. Peel and core the apples and put them all in a large saucepan, and heat until soft, about 30 minutes. At this point you can strain the fruit pulp to get rid of pips, but I don't usually bother.
Add the sugar and stir on a gentle heat until you reach the setting pojnt, this should take about 20 minutes. To check for setting, put a teaspoonful of the jam on a cold saucer, leave to cool for a few seconds, it should be jam-like and not runny.
Pour the jam into the jars,m sela with waxed disks or clingfilm and put the lids on.
Enjoy on toast, or my favourite is a big spoonful on my porridge.
My brother & his girlfriend are expecting a baby next month, they don't know what they are having but I know they like bright hippyish colours, so I made them a hexagonal blanket in yellows and using all sorts of scrap colours I had in my stash. I will be publishing the pattern in the next few weeks.