Strawberry jam with a touch of fresh mint and a easy-peasy desert

Earlier this month I showed you pictures and a recipe of the first Jam Tarts I’ve made (*click*). In that post I mentioned that I used homemade strawberry-mint jam and got a few messages from people asking for the recipe.
…Therefore I want to share the recipe of this super-easy jam with you today. I used the leftover jam from the tarts to make a really simple dessert. The mint in the jam gives it a little extra kick.

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For the desert I used jam, greek yoghurt, blueberries, blackberries and meringues. Those ingredients I layered in glasses and put them in the fridge for a bit. That’s it :).

For the Jam you need:
– 1 kg fresh strawberries
– 1 kg jam sugar
– Juice of one lemon
– 3 twigs of mint leaves (depending on how ‘minty’ you want the jam to be. Be careful with adding too much mint as you don’t want the jam to taste like bubblegum :)).

First of all put a little plate in the freezer (this is for testing if the jam is at a setting point later). Wash and dry the mint and chop it in really small pieces (the smaller the better). Now cut the strawberries in half and put them in a large pan. Add the lemon juice and heat the mixture for a couple of minutes. Be careful that the strawberries don’t burn, otherwise the jam tastes bitter.
After the strawberries have softened add the sugar and keep stirring until it has dissolved. Let the jam cook for about 6-8 minutes until it has reached its setting point. 2 minutes before this time is over add your mint and gently stir it in the mixture.
To test if you have reached the setting point you need to take the plate out of the freezer. Spoon a little bit of the jam onto this plate and leave for a minute. Now you can gently touch or push it with your finger. The setting point has been reached if the jam separates and crinkles and isn’t fluid anymore.
Allow the jam to cool for around 10-15 minutes and carefully spoon it into sterilized jars.
Oh, and be a bit smarter than I was and have a look if you actually have jars at home…don’t do it like me and think “I have loads of jars at home” only to realize that you exactly have one small jar at home when you’re jam is hot and ready to be filled in….definitely not enough for this amount of jam. It’s all about improvising is all I can say :).
madebygreta_strawberry_mint_jam (1)The pictures I was able to take on my upcycled pallet-bar in the garden. I will show you more of that soon.
Have a great weekend – at the moment it seems like the sun will win over the clouds and we might actually have a fairly nice weekend :).

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