Real cherry jam

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking
  • Makes 10 Cup
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Real cherry jam
  • 2 kilogram pitted, chopped cherries, stems removed
  • 2/3 cup dark rum or kirsch
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 cup sugar
  • brioche, fresh ricotta, to serve


Real cherry jam
  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.

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