07 October 2009
Mango & Orange Peel Jam
When I saw some mangoes being sold at a bargain price, I just had to buy a few. My plan was to make Hot Mango Chutney with them, however I was overcome with the urge to attempt a mango jam. So here it is:
Mango & Orange Peel Jam
5 ripe mangoes, cut into chunks
2 cups water
3 cups caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
finely grated peel from 3 oranges
Firstly place a saucer in the freezer in anticipation of the wrinkle test, to see if the jam is ready.
Bring the mango and water to the boil, in a large pan over a moderate heat for 15 minutes, until the mangoes are tender. Whizz the mango mixture smooth in an electric blender, food processor or with a stick blender. Return the mango juice to the pan and add the sugar, vanilla extract and orange peel. Boil for 30 to 40 minutes, until the mango mixture is the consistency of jam.
Do the wrinkle test to see if the jam is ready. Drop a little jam onto your cool saucer and after a few seconds push the jam gently with your pinky, if it is set, it will wrinkle slightly. Pour into hot sterilized jam jars and seal.
I sterilize my jam jars in the dishwasher just before I am about to use them and only take them out when I am ready to pour, being careful not to touch the inside of the jar or lid.
Makes 2½ x 400g jam
Isn't it the most gorgeous colour? It's just so luscious! It is a good jam and a great consistency. Everyone has their own preference, but I prefer a jam to ooze slightly, rather than one which needs to be cut into. I was a bit disappointed by the flavour however. The mango flavour is subtle and not the punch of the exotic that I expected. All in all, I am glad I decided to add the orange peel, which adds another dimension to the flavour. Perhaps my mangoes were a little under-ripe for my jam.
I was intending to submit this for September's edition of the Dorling Kindersley's Cooking Book Competition, but alas my life doesn't seem to allow me time online at the moment, only exasperated by the fact that my laptop is off for repair. I am sadly, staying on after my work shift to use the work PC and it is too easy to get involved with work business.
But anyway, I digress, I was telling you about the Cooking Club. Spetember's challenge was to come up with preserves. DK, publish the entered recipes online. You can join up here. I will post the next DK challenge and give you all the details, sometime this week, PC allowing.
I hope you are all well in my absence and that I haven't missed too much!