Preserves for Christmas
This year I’m trying to make all my christmas presents and am planning to give my parents and my parents-in-law both hampers of homemade goodies. I wanted to make a really special preserve for the hampers and so, after flicking through a few recipe books, I plumped for ‘Melissa’s Chestnut Jam’ from the River Cottage Preserves book. However, as I shelled my sixtieth chestnut, I did start to wonder if any jam could really be worth all this effort!
I’m pleased to say that when I tasted the finished product, the doubts vanished from my mind. This is an exquisite preserve – decadent, sophisticated and perfect for christmas. Yes, it’s not the quickest or easiest jam to make but it really is worth the trouble. It’s also quite versatile and the author recommends adding it to chocolate mousse, spooning over ice-cream, using as a filling for chocolate cake or serving it dolloped in meringue nests with cream – something I’ll definitely be trying. Yum!