The other day my mom and I went to a beautiful christmas market in northern Germany, where we snacked our way through some food market stands. One stand sold different kinds of homemade jams and one of them was a real discovery! It was an apple-pumpkin jam with cinnamon, a combination I would have never thought of and definitely never saw anywhere before. But let me tell you, it’s so tasty!
And because I simply have to share this discovery with you, I spent a couple of hours in the kitchen today to replicate the jam – you’re so welcome! :-D Maybe you still need a last minute gift for christmas or a seasonal and festive jam for christmas morning. This one will definitely be a winner, I promise.
Here is the recipe for the perfect “Christmas Jam” so you can get started first thing tomorrow morning (I know you want to!)
Apple-Pumpkin Jam with Cinnamon
- 600g Hokkaido Pumpkin (cored, with skin on)
- 400g Apples (cored and peeled, sour ones like Boskoop work well)
- 2/3 cup of water
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 500g Jam Sugar (2:1)
- 4 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder (or to taste)
Before cooking, prepare some jars, by cleaning them with hot water and drying them with a clean towel, ready to be filled. Cut the apples and pumpkin in small pieces and bring to boil with 2/3 cups of water in a big pot. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes until soft. Then blend it with a hand blender until smooth. Now add lemon juice, jam sugar and cinnamon (I like using a lot of cinnamon but you can add little by little and taste to your liking). Bring everything to boil and cook for at least 10 minutes while stirring with a wooden spoon. Be careful, it’s super hot, so it’s good to hold the lid with one hand while stirring with the other and wearing long sleeves, just to make sure that the jam doesn’t splash around, which it likes doing ;-)
Now quickly fill the jam into prepared jars, close tightly and place them upside down on the counter (to seal airtight).