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Recipe: Tirolean Blueberry Jam

29.11.2023 in Food & Drink, Photos: Kathrin Koschitzki

Tirolean blueberry jamTirolean blueberry jam

For me, no breakfast is complete without a jar of homemade blueberry jam. Christine from the blog Lilies Diary headed out into the mountains of the Alpbachtal Valley to collect the perfect blueberries and shares with us her recipe for this delicious sweet treat.
 

Ingredients (makes 4-5 jars)

  • 500 g blueberries

  • 40 ml water

  • 500 g jam sugar (1:1)

  • 4 juniper berries

  • Juice from half a lemon

  • 1 shot of rum (optional)

  • ½ apple, peeled and cut into small pieces

Ingredients for Tirolean blueberry jamIngredients for Tirolean blueberry jam

Instructions

Bring the blueberries, water and preserving sugar to the boil in a pan while stirring. Put the juniper berries in a tea bag and add to the mix. Add the lemon juice and half the rum. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring regularly.

Skim off the foam and rinse the jars in very hot water. Add the remaining rum and the pieces of apple to the jam and simmer for around 1 minute, then remove the tea bag with the juniper berries.

Now it's time to see if your jam has set! Pour 1 spoonful of jam onto a cold plate and leave to cool briefly. If the jam sticks to the plate, it's ready.

Pour the jam into the jars, seal tightly and turn them upside down for 5-10 minutes. Then turn them back up the right way again and leave to cool. The jam is ready to be eaten the next day. The best way to enjoy blueberry jam is, of course, on a slice of Tirolean farmer's bread.

Step 1: Place the blueberries, water and jam sugar into a pot and bring to the boil.Step 1: Place the blueberries, water and jam sugar into a pot and bring to the boil.

Step 2: Place the juniper berries into a tea bag and add to the mix.Step 2: Place the juniper berries into a tea bag and add to the mix.

Step 3: Add the lemon juice and half of the rum.Step 3: Add the lemon juice and half of the rum.

Step 4: Remove the foam from the top of the liquid.Step 4: Remove the foam from the top of the liquid.

Step 5: Add the rest of the rum and the pieces of apple to the mixture.Step 5: Add the rest of the rum and the pieces of apple to the mixture.

Step 6: Take a spoon and scoop a small amount of jam onto a cold plate. Leave to cool for a few moments and then hold the plate up sideways. If the jam sticks to the plate, it is ready.Step 6: Take a spoon and scoop a small amount of jam onto a cold plate. Leave to cool for a few moments and then hold the plate up sideways. If the jam sticks to the plate, it is ready.

Step 8: Put the blueberry jam into jars.Step 8: Put the blueberry jam into jars.

Step 9: Place the lids on the jars, close firmly, turn the jars over and leave to rest.Step 9: Place the lids on the jars, close firmly, turn the jars over and leave to rest.

Maria from the Böglalm restaurant in Alpbach show us her way of making blueberry jam with juniper berries and apples. Click on the video below to see how she does it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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