Edible gifts, Preserves, Something fruity, Something sweet

Roselle & apple conserve

This is a great jam for the holiday season with it’s bright colour and festive spices it can be used instead of cranberry sauce with your Christmas meal or served with cheese as well as eaten on toast etc. It also makes a nice gift.
I picked a bucketful of roselles and separated the seed pods from the red calyx (which look like petals). I boiled a couple of bowlfuls of the seedpods in about 1.5 litres of water for 10 minutes. These contain pectin and the water will thicken a little. Then I strained the water into a large pan and added the calyx (about 1.5 kgs) and 5 granny smith apples which I peeled, cored and cut into chunks. I also added 2 sticks of cinnamon 4 or 5 star anise and a tsp of cloves. I brought this to the boil and simmered for about 15 minutes until the fruit softened then I added 1 kg of sugar and continued to boil for another 15 mins until the mixture began to thicken. Then I ladled the conserve into 10 sterilized jam jars which I sealed and labeled.

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