One question we always always get asked is, what do you eat jam with? So apart from the obvious on toast, what else do we do with our jam? Well here is our top 30 ways of how to use jam.
1.Swirl through yoghurt
We love doing this in the kitchen at Single Variety Co. Pair any jam with a plain yoghurt - we particularly love authentic greek style yoghurt with ours.
2. Make eton mess meringues
For a classic flavour, use strawberry jam mixed with crushed meringues and whipped double cream.
3. Add into a Chocolate eclair
Simply open your eclair and spoon in a generous helping of jam. Also works well in a choux bun.
4. Serve with scones
For a classic cream tea, choose your favourite jam to accompany scones and clotted cream. The big question is do you put jam or cream on first?
5.Dollop on porridge
Blackcurrant jam works particularly well here.
6.Spoon on top of granola and yoghurt
Keeping on the breakfast theme, adding jam to your granola and yoghurt gives a lovely fruity twist. Our favourite granola is from our friends at Husk & Honey.
7. Roll in crepes
Once your crepes have cooked, simply spread over some jam before rolling. Adding ice cream or whipped cream here makes for a deliciously indulgent pancake.
8. Top american style pancakes
Perfect for a weekend brunch, top american pancakes with your favourite jam and thick yoghurt. This works really well with Belgian waffles too.
9. Serve with cheese and biscuits
Have you ever tried cheese and fruit jam? We love our King George Blackberry Preserve with cheese and biscuits.
10.Smother over ice cream
Jam makes the perfect topping for vanilla ice cream. Alternatively, soften some ice cream and ripple the jam through it and freeze again before serving.
11. Top a creamy dessert
This is a really simple way to add a fruity twist to your dessert e.g. panna cotta or rice pudding. Just add a dollop of your favourite jam.
12. Enhance a cheesecake
If you're entertaining, why not create a stunning cheesecake centrepiece dessert? Spread a generous layer of jam over a New York cheesecake. We find this works best with jam with loads of whole fruit in such as Ben Starav Blackcurrant Preserve or Flair Strawberry Preserve.
13. Bake old fashioned jam tarts
Use up leftover pastry, either homemade or shop bought, by turning them into jam tarts. Line your cupcake tin with pastry then add a teaspoon of jam before baking.
14. Mix in cocktails
Jam adds a sweet, fruity twist to a cocktail. Add a good spoonful to your favourite cocktail. We love a Maravilla Raspberry Preserve G&T. Add a spoonful of jam to gin and tonic, stir well, then strain before serving over ice.
15. Add to mulled wine
Stir a rich fruit jam, such as King George Blackberry, into your mulled wine this Christmas.
16. Salad dressings e.g. raspberry and balsamic, or mango, chilli and lime
The sweet fruitiness of jam balances so well with the sharp tang of a vinaigrette. Try raspberry jam with a balsamic vinaigrette, perfect with a duck salad.
17. Freeze to make ice lollies
Mix jam with water for a fruity ice lolly. Or make a creamy frozen yoghurt ice lolly by mixing jam with plain yoghurt before freezing.
18. Sauce or glaze for meat
Warm jam and then brush over meat to glaze e.g. use Seville Orange Marmalade on a ham joint, or blackberry jam on game. For a summer recipe idea try our Mango Jerk Chicken.
19. Stir into BBQ marinades
Our favourite is Alfonso Mango Preserve stirred into a marinade and smothered over chicken before cooking.
20. Add to tiffin
Once you’ve made your tiffin, spread a good thick layer of jam, then top with a layer of chocolate before putting in the fridge to set.
21. Jam smoothies
Blend jam with fresh or frozen fruit for added sweet fruitiness.
22. Mix with buttercream and fill a cake
Rather than a layer of jam and buttercream, why not mix the two together before filling a sponge cake? Also use to decorate cakes and cupcakes.
Blend jam, vanilla ice cream and milk for an indulgent jammy milkshake.
24. Stir into black tea to make it a fruit tea
Rather than buy fruit teas, add a spoon of jam to your black tea and strain before serving.
25. Add to Flapjack
Mix jam into flapjack mix before baking. We used our Harbinger Rhubarb Preserve in this recipe, but it works with any jam. You can also stir jam through a sponge cake batter before baking.
26. Add to a curry
Stir mango jam into your favourite curry for a fruity hit.
Use jam as the fruit base in your trifle dish.
28. Sandwich biscuits together
Jam is delicious with digestive biscuits. Why not add in a layer of buttercream to make really quick viennese style whirls?
29. Banana split
Caramelise sliced bananas, then top with ice cream and drizzle over some jam.
30. Straight out the jar with a spoon
This is our guilty pleasure! Sometimes you just need an instant jam fix and what better way to get it than neat out of the jar?!
I hope this list has given you some ideas and inspiration of what you can do with jam! And if you’re desparately craving some jam right now, then all our flavours can be purchased in our shop here.
Much jam love,