I have a ton of homemade jam (blueberry & strawberry mostly) and want to use it up. Bored with what I've been doing, any favourite ways you like to use up jam? Including cookie or cake recipes would be appreciated if possible. Savory ideas? ...thx
If you like PB cookies you could make PB&J cookies. Basically just a PB thumbprint cookie with a dollop of jam in the indent. They're really great made with cashew butter as it cuts down on the sweetness and is very nutty. I bet a spicy oatmeal thumbprint would be good with blueberry jam as well. Either jam could make a great filling between layers of cake. I bet the blueberry would be delish with a lemon cake. The strawberry jam could also be used as an ingredient in a vinaigrette for a salad. Maybe one with baby spinach, sliced strawberies, almonds/pecans, blue cheese and red onion. For something super simple either could be mixed in with plain yogurts, oatmeal, or cream of wheat, or heated and served over ice cream.
Add some to a vinaigrette, sandwich between shortbread cookies, in the middle of a layer cake or coffee cake, turn it into coulis by thinning it out with a little simple syrup of fruit juice, serve with cheese after dinner, mix into plain yogurt or add to a smoothie in place of sweetener. I love jam and always make far more than we can consume before the year is up and I start making it all over again. Also makes a nice hostess gift.
Melt it in a saucepan with some balsamic vinegar and pepper/salt and make a sauce for poultry.
Fill lemon cupcakes with it.
Melt it down in a saucepan and use it as a glaze for fresh fruit tarts.
Use it for making trifle.
Use it as a bottom filling for cream cheese tarts (put a little jelly in the bottom, then put the cream cheese mixture on top - these are excellent for a picnic because they aren't messy.).
Similar to the Old World Raspberry bars, I make the Raspberry Oatmeal Squares from joyofbaking.com all the time: http://www.joyofbaking.com/RaspberryO...
You could also make scones and have the jam with it...
or top plain/vanilla yogurt with it...
Mothers Day is coming up, you could treat your Mom/Gran/other special person to some homemade goodies and jam in a gift basket... just a thought :)
I had strawberry jam and cream cheese filled french toast last weekend and it was terrific.
Also second or third the Land-o-Lake raspberry bars. My family loves them.
From my pre-teen days (I was often home alone & hungry).... sauteed sausage links & strawberry jam put in the center of a won ton wrapper... a cursory folding followed by pan frying in either butter or lard.
CHOCOLATE JAM OR MARMALADE BROWNIES
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
½ cup butter
½ tsp vanilla
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup flour
½ cup orange marmalade (or use raspberry jam)
1) Pre-heat oven to 325
2) Butter and flour an 8 in square pan
3) Melt choc and butter over low heat
4) Remove pan from heat, stir in eggs and vanilla
5) Combine sugar, salt and flour and stir into choc mixture
6) Scrape half batter into prepared pan and freeze for 30 mins or until layer firm enough to spread the marmalade or jam on top
7) Pour on remaining batter (let stand 15 mins)
8) Bake 30 mins - cool on rack - makes 16 squares.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Makes about 3 dozen
1 C. unsalted butter, room temp, plus more for the pan
3 C. A.P. flour, plus more for the pan
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 C smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 t. pure vanilla
1 1/2 C any flavor jam
2/3 c salted peanuts, roughly chopped
1. heat oven to 350. Grease a 9 by 13 pan with butter, and line the botton with parchment paper. Grease the parchment, and coat insode of pan with flour. Place butter & sugar in mixer bowl and beat on medium high untill fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs & peanut butter and mix untill combined.
2. Whisk together salt, b.p., and flour. Add to bowl in mixer on low speed. Add vanilla.Transfer 2/3 of mixture to prepared pan and spread evenly with spatula. Spread jam on top of mixture. Then dollop remaining 1/3 of mix on to of the jam. Sprinkle with peanuts.
3. Bake untill golden, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to coll, cut into about 36 1 1/2 by 2 inch bars.
Now of course, mine arent that size, why cut them little & have to keep getting up to get another, why not just cut it big to begin with.
They are rich tho.
Having recently baked a lot of hamentaschen, I can tell you that if jam filling in pastries is too runny on its own, you mix the jam with chopped nuts and chopped dried fruit, then you have a filling that will stay put.
Victoria Sponge Cake - bet you could easily find a recipe online. It's just a vanilla sponge sandwich cake, wonderful with strawberry jam in the middle and some powdered or castor sugar on time, fresh and still just warm from the oven.