Orange Jam, Tudor recipe

I’m fascinated by old recipes so making Orange Jam, Tudor recipe sounded like a great idea. After I made it, I was amazed how good it is. I can say this is one of my favourite jams. The flavour of the orange is so strong with only 2 ingredients and very easy to make. I would say anybody that wants to experiment in the kitchen should try it. I wasn’t sure I would like it as much as I did because I’m not keen on orange marmalade. But the taste is very different.

To make the jam I boiled the orange. It’s something I’ve done before, for example in my recipe of Dark chocolate and orange cake. I used 3 oranges for 2 jars. I put only one whole orange and the pulp of the other two. If you want a more bitter taste, add two or all three peels. If you don’t want any bitter taste, use only the pulp. For me, one peel gives it a lovely flavour and I like it as it is.
I’m going to make this jam again for winter as it needs less sugar than the standard jam. Maybe I’ll add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to that one. As the oranges are boiled, I kept the water and I used it in smoothies. It has a lovely flavour. I put it in two small bottles and kept it in the fridge for a couple of days.

 Orange Jam, Tudor recipe

Ingredients for 2 jars:
– 3 oranges
– 250g icing sugar

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Dark Chocolate Spread

I called my recipe Dark Chocolate Spread, but more appropiate would have been to call it: Almond and Dark Chocolate Spread, as the main ingredient is almonds. This chocolate spread is also vegan, naturally gluten free and so so good. I used very good quality vegan dark chocolate with 85% cocoa solids, without any palm oil, it gives it a lovely flavour. For spreads good quality chocolate is a must. To make it thinner and creamy, I used water.

Another great thing about this recipe is that 1 small jar has only 25g of golden syrup. That is the equivalent of 2 spoons of sugar, isn’t that amazing? Of course, if you prefer a sweeter taste, add a bit more, but the whole point is to make a dark chocolate spread. We had one jar yesterday and I think we’ll finish another jar today, with crepes. Please be aware that the spread has a lot of calories from the almonds, each jar has around 875-900 calories.

01 Dark chocolate spread, vegan, gluten free

Ingredients for 4 small jars:
– 350g almonds
– 100g golden syrup
– 200g dark chocolate
– 300ml water

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Nectarine jam with fruit bits

I had a lot of nectarines and I wanted to make jam. So, I split the nectarines I had in two batches and made two different types of jam. This recipe is for the first jam I’ve made, with fruit bits inside. The next recipe will be posted the next few days, it has almost the same ingredients, but a different way of making it.

I made a basic jam with fruits and sugar and nothing else.

01 Nectarine jam

Ingredients for 3 jars:
– 2kg nectarines
– 1kg sugar

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Blueberries and cardamon jam

I love trying new jam flavours. I had blueberries and looked on spice shelves to see what I can add, cardamon was the one that made me smile. I’ve tried it and it tastes amazing, I love the flavour combination and I’ve used it in a smoothie too.

01 Blueberries and cardamon jam

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Rhubarb and vanilla jam

I made melon and cinnamon jam and I loved it. Adding spices gives an extra flavour that makes it stand out. So my next preserve was a Rhubarb and vanilla jam. I love this one too, the vanilla has a subtle flavour and the slight sharpness of the rhubarb makes it special.

Rhubarb and vanilla jam 2nd batch

Ingredients for 4 small jars:
– 1200g Rhubarb
– 600g sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla paste

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Melon and cinnamon jam

I eat jam every day after working out, so I need at least a jar in the fridge. For me, homemade jam is so much better than shop-bought because I can add flavours for a twist. This time I’ve made melon and cinnamon jam, as I think the flavours go well together.

01 Melon and cinnamon jam

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Chocolate spread (wartime recipe)

I like cooking shows and seeing “Great British Menu” made me search wartime recipes. This way I’ve discovered this amazing chocolate spread. It taste so good, has a great texture and only 160 calories/100g! It has 3.5 times less calories and the ingredients are healthy.


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