As mentioned yesterday I have so lucky to "borrow a strawberry field" of a rowing friend on Summer vacation. I picked more strawberries, than I could eat, so I decided to all these strawberries into various Summer jams, thereby shaving some of the Danish Midsummer for later use in the Autumn and Winter.
As the first jam I decided to twist to this recipe on Midsummer jam - strawberry jam with elder flower with addition of a little amount of balsamico vinegar, as balsamico marinated strawberries taste fantastic. Perhaps I could have added a little more balsamico vinegar, but it is difficult to remove that extra balsamico vinegar from the jam, if it was too much. I will leave in your capable hands, when you adjust the taste with balsamico. The trick is always to take small steps, and not giant leaps (= teaspoon full).
I just love this combination of strawberries and elder flowers, it makes the jam taste like pure magic :-)
Midsummer Jam with balsamico twist - strawberry jam with elder flowers:
- 600 g strawberries - cut into halves
- ½ dl elder flower cordial
- 9 g pectin / gelling powder
- 330 g sugar
- 4 stems of elder flowers - only the flower heads
- ½ teaspoon of balsamico vinegar
- preservative - 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 30 g sugar. Add this dry-mix slowly to the strawberries, while you stir 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.
- Add in the balsamico vinegar.
- Taste the jam. If you find it too be to sweet/matured in taste, you can add some apple 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.
- Fill the glass with jam and close the glass.
- Store the jam cold to prolong the shelf-life,