I am not a very expert jam-maker and the vagaries of getting to the setting point without ending up with the consistency of something like concrete I've always found has been a bit of an issue. My strawberry jam-making efforts of a week or two ago, helped by using jam sugar with its added pectin, were unexpectedly good but my most recent attempt which was to make dried apricot jam was a disaster. Let's just say that the consistency of the results was reminiscent of nothing so much as half set UHU. (For non-UK readers this is a clear adhesive that is runny in the tube but which dries to a bouncy and distinctly rubbery consistency!) Not good and darned difficult to get out of the jar let alone spread on anything. Even my mother's rescue tip of adding some boiling water to the overset jam failed to make much difference. So it was with some trepidation that I embarked on another jam-making foray and an unusual one at that, with flowers rather than fruit.
But what a revelation! Anne's recipe is simple, very clear and it works brilliantly! The set is perfect - wobbly but not runny, set but not firm. The scented process of making it was both easy and enjoyable from beginning to end and the eating, well let's just say I have had to make another batch this morning because the first batch is disappearing faster than I can believe! It hasn't made it into a sponge cake filling yet but on scones with clotted cream it most certainly has.
Obviously the roses you use have to be ones that have not been sprayed and the more scent they have, the better. So my lackadaisical gardening habits have borne unexpected fruit as I haven't got round to spraying any of the roses ever, I think! You need a litre of rose petals which sounded rather a lot but in fact I filled a litre jug very quickly. I used mostly petals from my old fashioned deeply fragrant Rosa Mundi for the first batch supplemented by a few scented pale creamy pink ones from another bush whose name I don't know.
|Slightly misshapen (but I have to say very light!) scone as bearer of rosy jam ...|
|... and cream! Yummmmy!|
|This morning's batch - slightly darker than the first but it tastes equally good! |
I know, I've tried it off the ladle while it was still warm!