Tomato jam has been on my mind for many months now since coming across it on Jennifer Perillo’s site. And as the family has requested that I make a few healthier dishes, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out my jam making skills! Because jam = healthy right?
Jennifer’s recipe is easy enough – chop the tomatoes, toss in all the remaining ingredients and let it simmer on a low heat for 3-4 hours. Halfway through the cooking process however, I found the jam too sweet and figured that by adding a whole sliced red chilli it would not only cut the sweetness but will also to add a bit more heat. As a result, the chilli worked perfectly and I may even consider adding a couple more for future batches. A note of caution; I am a self confessed spice addict!
Tomato jam is simply wonderful slathered on a piece of toast, or as an accompaniment to your cheese platter or even used to marinate or glaze a piece of ham. Bottled and labelled, it makes a perfect gift for the upcoming festive season.
So glad I finally gave it a go – definitely one of my favourite recipes of 2011.
*The gorgeous jam jar labels are courtesy of Frugal Living