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Monday, 5 January 2009

Chilli Jam For A chilly Day!

Close up of the Chilli Jam showing those vibrantly red flecks of chilli and red pepper

Now that the chaotic period of festive gatherings has fluttered away into the backdrop for yet another year, and things today have just gone back to normality, I can now knuckle down to things I personally enjoy especially my baking and blogging – wonderful!! Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my festive gatherings but too much of a good thing as they say..........


Chilli Jam

I didn’t want to let slip by some Chilli Jam sourced from Nigella’s Christmas cookbook, I made this Christmas. It tastes just as good as it looks, not too hot and packs a little punch that tingles on the tongue. . It’s rather chilly here today and a spoon or two of this chilli jam served with cheese and cold meats is sure thing to add a warm glow to anyone’s cheeks. This recipe is a winner through and through. It will be making more appearances in my household and not just at Christmas. I also made a batch of Nigella’s Cranberry & Apple Chutney from the same book, which is also excellent in taste and texture.


Chilli Jam & Cranberry & Apple Chutney


Chilli Jam

Makes Approx – 1.5 litres

Ingredients
150g (5oz) long fresh red chillies deseeded and cut into four pieces each.
150g (5oz) sweet red peppers cored deseeded and cut into chunks
1kg (2.2lbs) Jam sugar (with added pectin)
600mls cider vinegar

You will also need - 6x250 ml sterilized sealable jars with vinegar proof lids – Kilner jars or re-usable pickle jars are terrific for this.


Method


Put the cut up chillies into the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the chunks of sweet pepper and pulse again until you have a vibrantly red-flecked processor bowl.

Dissolve the sugar in the vinegar in a wide, medium-sized pan over a low heat without stirring.

Scrape the pepper mixture out of the bowl and add to the pan. Bring to the boil and leave it at a rollicking boil for 10 minutes

Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. The liquid will become more syrupy, then from syrup to viscous and from viscous to jelly like as it cools.

After about 40 minutes, or once the red flecks are more or less evenly distributed in the jelly (as the liquid firms up, the bits of chilli and pepper start being suspended in it rather than floating in it), ladle it into your jars. If you want to stir it gently at this stage, it will do no harm. Then seal tightly.

*Make the jam up to one month before using or giving.*

*Store in a cool dark place for up to a year.*

*Once opened store in the fridge and use within a month.*

This recipe is sourced from Nigella Christmas cookbook.



43 comments:

Margaret said...

Very chilly here too Rosie!
Your snowman reminds me of the one I dropped and broke yesterday.
I have never tried Chilli Jam, it looks wonderfully vibrant and clear.

Aparna said...

Never thought chillies would lend themselves to making jam. Looks lovely almost like raspberry jam.:)

I guess deseeding them helps reduce the fire.

Bridgett said...

This makes for a delicious holiday gift and the color looks gorgeous! I'm loving the darling little snowman ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

I love the pictures with the snowman! It's like a final wintery blast!

James said...

Just what you need for glazed goats cheese. If you plant the seeds from the inside of the chillis you buy you can grow your own really easily on the window sill.

Happy new year!

Sanghi said...

Hi Rosie.. Ur blog is great! This chilly jam is really hot!
U can pass this on to Gloria of 'food and flavours of SanAntonio' Chilli Cook off.. For details check this, http://foodsandflavorsofsanantonio.blogspot.com/2008/11/chili-cook-off-rules.html

Sanghi said...

Hi Rosie.. Ur blog is great! This chilly jam is really hot!
U can pass this on to Gloria of 'food and flavours of SanAntonio' Chilli Cook off.. For details check this, http://foodsandflavorsofsanantonio.blogspot.com/2008/11/chili-cook-off-rules.html

Ann said...

Rosie,this chilli jam is new to me..looks tempting coz am a chilli person..

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An interesting jam! Paired with cheese, it must taste wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

Caroline said...

I like the really red color of your chili jam--caliente! :)
Happy new year, Rosie!

Anna said...

Well done Rosie - everything looks so domestic and cosy
xxx

Schnellhefter said...

I love making jam by myself. I'm really looking forward to the season when I can start making my famous strawberry jam again.

Beth said...

I was meaning to try this but never got around to it. Looks delish

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Rosie! darling happy new year! I hope you have spent fantastic holidays and I send you a bigggg kiss! fantastic jam dear you are always the best :-D
Silvia

Anne said...

I bought a jar a few years ago and loved it with cheese toasties so will have to try and make my own!

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Happy new year Rosie!
I love that chilli jam recipe, a keeper.

natalia said...

Ciao ! This jam relly makes me curious !!

Bellini Valli said...

This sounds like a perfect way to start the new year Rosie with a huge amount of flavour!!

nicisme said...

I do love chilli jam, and you have made the jars look so pretty!
Happy New Year Rosie!

Donna said...

Your Jm looks Wonderful!!! Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Jeena said...

Happy new year Rosie.

This sounds wonderful and I love the little snowman. :-)

Namratha said...

Chilli jam! Now that is making me drool for some reason... :) I can imagine how good the sweet and spice must taste.

Hornsfan said...

Rosie, this is one of my favorite things! At my house we eat this with some cream cheese under it on top of crackers...it's great!

rachel said...

chillies in jam...that has intrigued me and it will rest only if I make it :)

Cakelaw said...

The chilli jam looks so warm and cosy!

glamah16 said...

Happy New Year Rosie. I was just thinking of jams and such, and your event last year. I love this one with chili.

Rosie said...

Waving and saying a huge hello to you all my 'dear' friends :0)

Thank you for all your lovely comments and I hope to be calling by your blogs very soon. Just when I thought I had the freeway to cook and blog my back has been giving me some grief with pain!!

Take care now and best wishes to everyone..... Rosie xx

Happy cook said...

A very Happy Newyear Rosie, with good health and lots and lots of wonderful baking from you.
Chillie jam looks so yummy and so glossy too.
What do you use them for.

Gigi said...

I have never had chili jam before. You have definitely peaked my interest. I love how red and vibrant it looks.

Coby said...

Love the colours in them Rosie, just glorious:) I haven't made either of those preserves, but they are both on my 'to do' lists 0 yours just makes me want to sooner;) Happy New Year!

tartasacher said...

Hello Dear Rosie:

Happy new year. Delicious recipe. A great kiss for you

Faery said...

It looks so delicious I love the color of the chilli jam, I have chillies growing in the backyard I'll try this recipe.

Dee said...

Hi Rosie. I was so excited when I read about the chili jam (we had some amazing jalapeno jam at a friend's) but then I realised that pectin sugar was required. I'm not even sure I can find pectin here, let alone pectin sugar. Pout. It is a great recipe, and thank you.

Nithu said...

Happy New Year. Chilli jam looks so good. Something new to me.

The Caked Crusader said...

wow - I love the zingy colour of your chilli jam!

jesse said...

That jam is bringing tears in my eyes. I can almost taste the spiciness. Happy 2009 to you!

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Ivy said...

Rosie, I hope you are well as I haven't seen you around lately. This is so new to me as I never heard of chilli jam before and I found out that there is a jam sugar!!

Half Baked said...

It's cold here too! I love pepper jellies and yours looks beautiful! I'll have to give it a try!!

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Gloria said...

Dear Rosie, all look lovely I love your snowman!!! I hope you feeling better!! I whish you a Happy new Year!!! and huggsss!!!! Gloria

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Thanks

Rosie said...

Hi everyone, ahhh its so lovely to *see* you :) Thanks for all your lovely comments.

Ann thank you SO much for the lovely award.

Desmone007 I will look into this - thanks.

Kayla lovely to *meet* you and added you to my blogroll.

Huge hugs all around to everyone :)

Rosie x