This Date Apple Jam combines your favorite Fall flavors into one package that, I swear, you’ll want to spread on everything.
You guys. I almost named this “Date Apple Jam (YOU’VE GOT TO TRY)” because it’s that good.
This is my first time making jam. And YES, I DID Google the difference between jelly and jam.
Here’s what I found:
Jam is a combination of fruit, pectin, and sugar. It’s boiled until the fruit is soft (quickly) and it reaches a thick texture that can be easily spread.
Jelly is a combination of fruit juice, sugar, pectin, and acid. It is a clear spread (that, to me, resembles Jell-O).
I did not use pectin in this recipe. It’s just dates, apples, spices, and sugar. It’s that easy, and you probably have the ingredients right now.
I totally took a shortcut and blended the jam in the food processor, and I can’t say I feel bad about it. Actually, I’m proud of it. Lazy chefs, unite! *fist bump*
I did not process it all the way, however. I like chunky jam, so that’s totally up to preference. This jam was super easy to spread on toast, and it stays intact really well, too. I love the natural sweetness the dates bring out, the extra kick of sweetness from the sugar, the warm spices that amplify the flavor, and, oh yeah, your kitchen will smell like an Autumn wonderland. Basically heaven, if you ask me.
And yeah, I essentially ate this jam every single day after I made it. Every. Damn. Day. Nike style. I cooked up some eggs, made a slice of toast, and slathered the stuff all over it. It’s the best with a hot cup of coffee, maybe even with some cinnamon sprinkled on your coffee.
While toast and jam is a super traditional way to eat jam, there are so many other ways to eat it!
Homemade Pop Tarts
Homemade donut filling
You guys are going to want to eat this throughout the entire Fall/Winter season, I promise you. It’s so simple, I encourage you to try it! Oh, and if you make it, be sure to snap a photo and tag me on Instagram!
- 3 cups diced apples
- 2 cups dates, chopped
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- Combine ingredients in a medium sauce pot over medium heat.
- Bring mixture to a boil, stirring consistently.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
- Let mixture cool for about ten minutes. Place mixture in a food processor and process until desire texture is reached.
- Place in a jar(s) and store in the refrigerator.
What do you prefer: jam or jelly?
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