Monday when I came to work, my co-worker Danielle, asked if I'd like to have a container of black currants from her aunt's farm, Dragonfly Farms Wine Vinegary & Flower Farm. Of course I said yes! I did not have any fruit for that day and was excited to snack on the berries.
Then I remembered that black currants are quite tart and decided that I should use them in cooking instead. I called my mom and asked for a quick jam recipe. My mom was more than happy to oblige. She actually used to have a few bushes of red and black currants and used to make jams from them (as well as many other fruits and berries a lot...in fact, years and years ago when we lived in Russia, we had a huge pantry filled with canned fruit and marinated vegetables).
Five minute Black Currant Jam
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons water
1 cup black currants, stems removed, washed well
1. In a small saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat.
2. Once the sugar "melts," add black currants, bring the mixture to a boil and boil for five minutes (thus the name of the jam!).
3. Let the jam cool completely, transfer it to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Of course you can make this jam with any other fruit or berries. Once I made this jam, I decided I had to make scones too! I will post those later this week, but if you cannot wait, here's another scone recipe I made a while ago.
Another great idea for this jam is to mix it with some sparkling water, champagne, or add it to your hot teas!