Growing up winter holidays meant time for mom to experiment in the kitchen. I have some wonderful memories of eating biryani, yummy jellies, custard, gulab jamuns, homemade ice creams every time we visited our grandparents house in the village.
Back at the village mom got time to herself, no rushed morning routine for the kids, and her daily office grind. She used this time to experiment and try out recipes she saved for the holidays.
One of her favorites was to make jam. Apple jam, mango jam, strawberry jam, one year she made orange jam. She was trying it all. These homemade jams would be a daily feature on our holiday breakfast table.
Recently, when I received a bag of green apples, I was taken back to my childhood. To our old village home and memories of jam and toast. Food has a powerful way to bring back our old memories. The years may pass, but the distinct flavors and aromas of the food we ate in our childhood can never leave us.
I want our son to enjoy some of the foods I ate as a child. For him to make this same connection between food and a fond memory of his mother. So there I was 30 years later making the same green apple jam my mom made us back then.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe for you to try.
EASY GREEN APPLE JAM
Now that I have tried this green apple jam recipe I don’t think I would be buying store-bought jams again. It is so easy to make and the taste is light and sweet at the same time. There is no over powering added synthetic flavors or coloring, just pure apple goodness.
Fills my heart to watch our son enjoy these simple traditional recipes.
Easy Green Apple Jam
- 4 Green apples chopped
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 Lemon/lime juice
- 1/2 cup Water
- Wash, peel and chop the apples into small pieces and cook them in about ½ cup water for 10 minutes.
- Once the apple pieces are soft and mushy, mash them with a potato masher.
- If you like a smooth texture in your jam, you can blitz it in the blender and then continue to the next step.
- Now add a cup of sugar and keep intermittently stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to thicken.
- When the mixture starts to thicken add the juice of half a lemon and mix well for another 5 minutes until the jam is ready.
- To check if your jam is ready, test with a spoon. If the mixture does not slide off the spoon easily, the jam is ready to be transferred to sterilized glass jars.
- Once done, cool and store in glass jars.
You can enjoy the green apple jam on toast, add to thumbprint cookies, or in your morning yogurt bowl.
With Hanukkah around the corner, I may add this jam to our cookies as a topping or as a sweet stuffing in the sufganiyot. Get my Hanukkah recipes here.
Do try this simple homemade jam. You can use the same recipe and switch the fruit to other seasonal berries or oranges too. Leave me your jam experiment results in the comments section below.
Here is another jam recipe we love to make during the winter season in our home.
Until next time.