Wednesday, June 29, 2011
All things blue in a garden..including blueberries..and my new bush..(I know I may need another..)..recommended by Nancy.I have also had to put a covering over it..as someone or something is picking off the little bundles of unripened fruit..and they lay there:(Never to be comestible..So the armor is partially on:) Wrong armor,but I will work on that~
I've been waiting for this one..since I saw it at Jasmine Cuisine~
I think when I made the little topper..I thought it would be for Blueberry Jam..
But then it hit me..THAT Blueberry jam..My husband loves Blueberries and Chocolate..
So it's a match made in heaven..and he was my hand model the night he tasted it on ice cream..but on croissants or scones..:) it would be sinfully heavenly decadently delicious also..
Do you like chocolate covered blueberries? Well you will enjoy this:)
It's the season.. the garden is bursting with blues and mauves..although my new little shrub was dubbed:"Early Producing.."..the blueberries used for the jam were not mine..they have a way to go..
I made 3 small jars.. we quartered Jasmine's recipe and it worked to a T..or a B:)
Here is what I did..
Adapted from Jasmine Cuisine..
2 Cups of Blueberries
1/4 Cup water
Boil the above washed and prepped blueberries w/ the water for 10 minutes..
Add 1 3/4 cups of sugar.. stir to dissolve completely..
add 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate stir until dissolved
and add the 1 1/2 tsps of lemon juice from a little plastic lemon:)
Cook stirring occasionally until it gets to 104 Celcius with your candy thermometer.
add 1/2 sachet of liquid pectin and bring to a full rolling boil for 1 minute..stirring occasionally..
Remove from heat and add 1 tbsp of Brandy..it is optional but recommended and I did..again stir to combine.
Fill your jars..pre-sterilized..to 1/4 " of the top.. close and bathe ..hot water bath for 10 mins..
My notes..I did not mash my blueberries..I wanted them whole..it worked well..I made a much smaller quantity because it is just for Jacques..I did give a small jar to my daughter..her husband likes chocolate covered blueberries..
Please refer to her recipe for exact quantities and her method..
My version is adapted...like my version of gardening and mixing Blueberry bushes with Baptisia and Irises..and roses..