Monday, 16 May 2011

Soft-Set Strawberry & Pimm's Jam

Strawberry season in the UK depends on the weather but normally runs from May to August. During the rest of the year they are imported from countries such as Spain. June being the quintessential strawberry month when 27000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon tennis championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream! The other British classic for this time of year is Pimm's, an English summer drink, that no BBQ would be complete without. Whilst browsing this month's Good Food Magazine I discovered this recipe for Soft-set Strawberry & Pimm's Jam. What better way to combine these two seasonal favourites? The recipe is easy to follow but you will definitely need a preserving thermometer. The jam turned out absolutely divine and everything I expected. This jam will come into it's own on home-baked scones and clotted cream and the other British classic Victoria Sponge Cake.

Soft-set Strawberry & Pimm's Jam

Makes 5 x 450g jars

1.5kg/3lb 5oz strawberries, hulled and halved if large
1kg bag jam sugar (it has added pectin)
juice 2 lemons
juice 1 orange
3 tbsp Pimm's No 1

Put a few saucers into the freezer for later. Put the strawberries into a preserving pan (or your very largest saucepan), then mash roughly with a potato masher, or crush slightly between your fingers and thumbs to make them a little juicy. Stir in the sugar, then put the pan over a very low heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved and the berries are surrounded with red syrup. Don't let it boil. Once the sugar crystals have gone, stir in the lemon and orange juice.

Turn up the heat. Once the jam reaches a foaming fast boil (this will read 105C on a preserving thermometer), set a timer for 10 mins. After 10 mins, put 1 tsp of jam onto one of the frozen saucers, put into the fridge for 1 min, then push your finger through the jam. If the jam wrinkles, it is ready. If not, boil for another 2 mins and test again. As soon as the jam is ready, remove from the heat. Leave to cool for 30 mins, skim away any scum, then stir in the Pimm's. Ladle into steralised jars.

Will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.


Gloria said...

MarĂ­a what nice you are in strawberry season! I love this time and I love make jam.
Yours look awesome and delicious! remember me summer, we are in autumb here right now! huggs, gloria

Hanna said...

Looks gorgeous! Sounds like English summer in jam form!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, what a great way to kick start the summer! Just wondering whether you have an email address you are contactable on?

At Anna's kitchen table said...

Maria, I've never tried Pimms! Can you believe that?!

Anonymous said...

Recentl found ur blog from one of the blogger friends.U hav a really nice blog.Glad to see ur cats. They r cutie pie.

Wonderful Jam recipe Maria. As i m from india i dont get pectin here. can u suggest any replacer?

I need some more information about Kenwood stand ixer as it is widely used in UK & Europe.


Maria♥ said...


Welcome to my blog and thanks for your lovely comment.

I'm not sure what you could use instead of sugar jam, maybe do a search on google.

I don't know anything in Kenwood Mixers, I have a KitchenAid Mixer and personally find them to the best on the market! I would suggest doing a search on google for any info you need on the Kenwood.


Maria♥ said...

Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments.

Anna, you should definitely try it!


Choclette said...

Your jam sounds delicious, such a nice idea to add pimms too - your Victoria sandwich will be sooooo English. Your jars look lovely too.

Chele said...

You are a woman after my own heart ;0)
Can't wait to give this one a try!

Anonymous said...

There is definitely nothing better than homemade jam, Maria! You did a fabulous job here! Your pictures are so lovely and full of warm-weather cheerfulness!


Kim said...

Yum yum yum! Looks so lovely in the little jars, too.