One of my first idea was to make this Midsummer Jam combined strawberries and elder flowers, which both are peeking around Midsummer :-) I will also be forwarding this specific recipe to a Danish competition hosted by the magazine Isabellas and Dansukker, the name of this competition is "Danmarks Lækreste Syltetøj" (The most delicious Danish Jam). My colleagues did enjoy a portion of the Midsummer Jam yesterday at our weekly breakfast meeting, and found it all to be very tasteful and a the same time asked me to share the recipe with them, which I hereby do :-)
I love this combination of strawberries and elder flowers, it makes the jam taste like pure magic :-)
Midsummer Jam - strawberry jam with elder flowers:
- 800 g strawberries - cut into halves
- 3/4 dl elder flower cordial
- 12 g pectin / gelling powder
- 450 g sugar
- 4 stems of elder flowers - only the flower heads
- ½ teaspoon of white wine or apple vinegar - optional
- Heat up the strawberries together with the elder flower cordial in a cooking pot together over low heat. Stir on a regular basis.
- Heat the fruit up to 80'C. Mix the pectin/gelling powder together with 50 g sugar. Add this dry-mix slowly to the strawberries, while you very well in the cooking pot to avoid lump formation.
- Let the strawberries cook slowly for another 5 minutes. Stir on a regular basis.
- Add in the rest of the sugar.
- Bring the jam to the boiling point and let it boil for 2 minutes.
- Taste the jam. If you find it too be to sweet/matured in taste, you can add some vinegar to bring freshness back to the jam. I normally do this in smaller steps, so I can fine tune the flavour profile to my preference. It is more easy to add some extra, than to remove an overdose of something.
- After the tasting adjustments have be done, add the elder flowers and stir well again.
- Let the jam boil for another 2 minutes.
- Prepare the jam glasses by filling them with boiling water. I do not use any preservatives in my home-made jam, so this is important to increase shelf-life of your jam. Another thing you can do is to store the jam cold afterwards.
- Fill the glass with jam and close the glass.
- Store the jam cold.