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Strawberry and Raspberry Cheating Jam

This week, hubby and I snapped up some sale punnets of Kent strawberries and Scottish raspberries from a local shop.

On Tuesday night, we were just getting ready for bed, making the usual cups of tea and tucking our books under our arms, when he announced that he was going to toast some bread for a cheeky night time snack.

Now I LOVE toast.

But only if I can smother it with jam. Which we didn't have.

Was I deterred?

I'm NEVER deterred when it comes to toast. I decided to make cheating jam. Hubby retreated up the stairs muttering something about it being "hardly the time to be making jam, love."

Here's what I did...
 
 

Ingredients

Makes enough for four slices of toast

Strawberries
Raspberries
Water
Honey
Vanilla essence / sugar / bourbon / pod
 

Method

I put half a punnet of raspberries and half a punnet of strawberries into a small saucepan and added a splash of water, a generous squirt of honey and splash of vanilla.

Then I blasted it on the hob and mushed it around with a wooden spoon until it was reduced, poured it into a cup, plonked it in the fridge for ten minutes to cool and then slathered half of it on piping hot toast, saving the other half for a repeat performance in the morning.

I retreated to bed, plate in hand, with a nice cup of rooibosh. Where I had to eat it with my elbow out to stop hubby from snatching it out of my hand.

I doubt if I will ever muster the wherewithall to make real jam, at least pre-retirement, but in the meantime this will do nicely.
 

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

20 minutes
 

Notes & Variations on Strawberry and Raspberry Cheating Jam

Obviously, this is simply a "compote" and can be done with pretty much any fruit you can imagine plastered on toast, or crumpets, or crackers, or in yogurt, or on ice-cream ...
 
 
 

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