What to do with Blackberry Jam
Recently, a friend gave me a jar of homemade blackberry jam when we moved into a new apartment. That was a great housewarming gift that got me to thinking what all I could do with it. Turns out, blackberry jam is quite versatile. The kind she gave me was low sugar and almost seedless. Any type of blackberry jam will work in the following ways. You can also use strawberry or blueberry jam in the same ways.
First of all, everyone puts jam on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The jam is also a great spread on bagels or English muffins, espceially if you put cream cheese on first.
Jam makes a great topping for waffles and pancakes.
If your jam is seedless, stir a spoonful into coffee, hot tea or chocolate to give it a fruity kick.
When icing a cake, spead blackberry jam in between the layers. Finish icing the cake as normal.
For an Asian inspired dish, melt the jam and stir in some grilled chunks of chicken and onions. Serve with broccoli and carrots over brown rice.
Use blackberry jam as a glaze for pork chops or pork loin.
Sweeten oatmeal with a spoonful of jam instead of plain sugar.
Melt some white chocolate and swirl with blackberry jam. Add nuts, pretzels, dried fruit or granola. Let harden and break into pieces. What a delicious candy and it is pretty too.
Freeze blackberry jam in ice cube trays to use when making fruit smoothies. Throw a handful of these into the blender, add a couple spoonfuls of plain or vanilla greek yogurt, a banana, and apple juice to taste. This works best with a seedless jam.
Mix blackberry jam with plain or vanilla greek yogurt for a delicious dip for slices of fruit.
Cook cocktail weiners in the crockpot with an entire jar of jam. Serve with chunks of cheddar and Ritz crackers for a filling appetizer.
Make Ritz cracker sandwiches with peanut butter and blackberry jam and dunk into melted chocolate to cover the cracker sandwiches. This is an awesome candy.
My favorite way to use blackberry jam is a Peanut Butter Snack Cake.
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup peanut butter with nuts
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tablespoons vanilla
3/4 cup milk
1/2 to 3/4 cup melted blackberry jam
Combine all ingredients except blackberry jam into a cake batter. When the batter is poured into a rectangle glass baking dish, glob melted blackberry jam randomly over entire pan of batter. Use a fork to comb through the globs to form swirls of jam in the cake.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 40 minutes. This is good without frosting or combine 1 cup peanut butter with nuts, powdered sugar and milk to make a spreadable frosting. Frost while cake is still warm. Watch this cake disappear.
Blackberry jam can be used in lots of fun ways when cooking. If you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.
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