I’ve admitted to not being much of a jam eater. This can make the process of putting up jars and jars of jam in the summer a bit silly feeling.
That is until these cold crisp sunny wintry mornings when one of those jars gets snapped open.
Or until they are handed out as Christmas or winter birthday presents.
Or until the lid is pried off and you discover a layer of chocolate to crack through like the sugar hat of a creme brulee.
Lets chalk this chocolate jam trick up to one of the many lessons learned from Christine Ferber’s Mes Confitures. Stirring in 250g of chocolate to a 1 kg fruit batch of jam is mentioned in several of her chocolate jam recipes. My experiments indicate that doubling this amount of chocolate is all good too, especially as the chocolate seems to visually disappear as it is added to your hot fruit mixture. Additionally, I added a layer of finely grated chocolate to the top of the hot jam after it had been spooned into the jam jar. This helps visually cue the jar opener to the presence of something special in this jam.
Adding chocolate to your jam recipe will not adversely affect the preservation of your jam. As usual in jam making considerations- keep your chocolate clean to prevent mold contamination in your jars. Do this by keeping your chocolate covered, use only clean sterilized tools and wash your hands before touching.
chocolate jam recap
- In a 1 kg of fruit batch of jam, add 250-500 grams of chocolate.
- Chocolate can be dark, milk or white.
- Chocolate is stirred in as the very last step before adding the jam to the jars.
- Additional chocolate can be added as a thin layer to the top of the hot jam just before it is lidded and heat treated.
- As is usual in jam making- keep your tools clean, and in this particular case your chocolate minimally exposed to the air to prevent mold spore contamination.
more uses for jam
- Jam Soda: use jam as the flavor base and sweetener for homemade soda
- Fruit Popsicles: jam adds a nice flavor kiss when used to sweeten popsicles
- Fruit on fruit: double your flavor punch of thawed frozen berries by tossing them with jam to gloss and sweeten