Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
I first made this in New Zealand - we lived near a berry farm (where you picked your own) that also sold dried herbs and country crafts, so was able to get all of the ingredients in one go. It's basically the Edmonds recipe for raspberry jam with lavender added. We also went to Hampton Court Palace here when they had the kitchens fired up - apparently Queen Elizabeth I loved lavender and insisted on having lavender conserve available all year round.
- 3 cups fresh raspberries (you can use frozen if fresh are not in season)
- 2 1⁄2 cups caster sugar
- 1⁄4 cup dried lavender, heads (stalks removed, Make sure that the lavender you buy is edible)
- The night before you make this jam put the raspberries into a non-reactive bowl and shred the lavender over the top. Stir to combine and leave covered in the fridge.
- The next day, put the berries and lavender into a pan and cook on a low heat.
- When the juice starts to run from the berries, bring the pan to the boil.
- Once boiling, add the sugar and stir briskly until the sugar has dissolved.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, boil the mixture for about 5 minutes, then pour into sterilised jars.
- Store in a cool dark place - due to the lavender it needs to sit so wait for about 1-2 weeks before consuming.
I made this with blueberries instead of raspberries and it is delicious. I used my mom's homegrown lavender and fresh blueberrries in season. This is fantastic on biscuits with butter. Thanks for the recipe!
09/07/09: The jars are bubbling away in the water bath now, so I can't tell you how it will set up. I did use a little less lavender as another reviewer suggested. Licking the spoons put me in flavor heaven, reminding me of my trip to France. Thank you so much for posting! 09/09/09: The jam set up perfectly and it is wonderful. Thank you again!
Loved this jam! I used frozen Mixed Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries & raspberries). While I was cooking my sister commented that the house smelled like soap..hahaha. Due to the Lavender I'm sure. She was skeptical at first but after tasting the finished product she loved it! I gave small jars as Christmas gifts and everyone loved it! Again...a little skeptical about the Lavender but after one taste they too changed their mind! Serving Suggestion: Put some jam on a buttery cracker and top it off with a piece of cheddar cheese. Enjoy! Also a wonderful accompaniment to turkey or ham in leu of Cranberry. The sweet with the salty make a great combo!!!!