You have probably noticed the abundance of beautiful, cheap strawberries at the moment? I don’t think I’ve ever had so many strawberries in my fridge, but a friend recently left me with a whole lot more and instructions to make her some strawberry jam (she knows what I love to do!).
I’ve never made jam before I must admit, and we don’t have it in the house … too easy to get hooked on the sweetness of commercial jam. So I took it upon myself to play around with a few versions of jam using chia seeds to thicken and maple syrup to sweeten. I am loving the result. Here is my Thermomix recipe, but if you don’t have one, just boil it all up in a saucepan using the same times and blend once cooked.
3 cups strawberries, leaves removed
2-4 tbsp maple syrup
grated zest of 2 lemons
2 vanilla seed pods, cut into small pieces (use scissors)
3 tbsp chia seeds
Put the strawberries, 2 tbsp of maple syrup, vanilla seed pods and lemon zest into the TM bowl and blitz on speed 6 for 5 seconds. Cook on Varoma temperature for 25 minutes.
Add the chia seeds and taste to see if you need more maple syrup. Cook for a further 5 minutes on Varoma temperature.
Pour into sterilised jars and close lid immediately to help create a seal in the lid. Store in refrigerator. Enjoy on homemade bread or toast!