Autumnal Apple and Cinnamon Jam Recipe

October 25, 2018

 I don't know about you all, but there's something about autumn that makes me want to be in the kitchen 24/7. There's something so nice about staying inside a cosy house with the smell of fresh breads, crumbles and jams on the stove. I'm even having to fend off the urge to make mince pies!! 

Today I'm going to share with you a super simple jam recipe, because there's sooo many apples in the orchard on campus at the moment. Just from picking up apples from the floor that would otherwise have gone to waste, I've made this batch of jam and a couple of really big apple crumbles!

This recipe makes 4 jars of delicious golden jam using simple store cupboard ingredients, and in less than an hour!  A lot of recipes use pectin, thickeners or lemons, but I didn't have any of those and it worked perfectly well without them. I left the skin on the apples, chopped them roughly then just put everything in a pan. Simple is best!

So, all you need is to wrap up warm, go and collect some apples and let's get started....


1kg apples (chopped weight)
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
300g sugar
500ml water

1. Wash, core and chop all the apples, then put them in a big pan. 
2. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and water and stir
3. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes- until the apple is really soft, and the mix sets on a spoon or cold plate.
4. Use a handheld blender or potato masher to smooth out the jam.
5. Whilst still hot, pour/spoon into sterile jars.
This photo was taken about halfway through cooking.

How to sterilise jars

1. Heat the oven to 140°C 
2. Wash the jars and lids well in soapy water, then rinse well
3. Place on a baking tray in the oven until fully dry, approx. 15 minutes.
My mixture filled the two middle jars and two jars furthest left.

The final product! These golden jars look so pretty tied up with brown string, or would look lovely with a fabric patch over the lid. They make perfect gifts for Christmas- unless you want to keep them all for yourself ;)

Have you tried making jam before? What is your favourite type?

Emma xo


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