A jar of cherry jam makes a lovely Christmas gift.
In a large, heavy-based saucepan, combine cherries, rum, zest and juice. Heat on medium and bring to a simmer. Cook 4-5 minutes, until cherries soften slightly.
Reduce heat to low and add sugar. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and cook 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until setting point is reached.
Pour cherry jam into warm, sterilised jars and seal. Serve on brioche topped with a dollop of fresh ricotta.
Stir jam a little while cooking, to help prevent it from sticking. Sterilise jars easily by rinsing and baking in a moderate oven, 180°C, 10 minutes. Remove and cover with a clean tea towel.Test Kitchen tip