Recipe by Thorsten
Strawberries and lavender are a wonderful combination. Not only that the jam is tasting great, it has also a great flavor, which fills the air, when you open the glass. Can there be something better than breakfast with such a jam? In this method I use Dr. Oetker's "Gelling Sugar", which already contains pectin. The "Super Gelling Sugar 3:1" reduces the amount of needed sugar to 1/3 of the fruit weight. This makes the jam not so sweet and very fruity and fresh. This jam is best when made with fresh lavender inflorescences while still flowering. I have enough lavender in the garden.
Top Review by SaintAllie
Review is for New Zealanders..A bit strong in flavour.. I used the lavender spicata.. the english one that's used for pot pourri etc.. maybe NZ has extra strong lavender? It overpowered the strawberries to the point you could call it " lavender' jam. I will make it again, however, will halve the lavender. It set well and gets 10 stars for every other quality :) Thankyou.... Allie
- 1 1⁄2 kg strawberries
- 500 g super gelling sugar (Dr. Oetker Super Gelling Sugar 3-1)
- 18 -20 sprigs lavender, inflorescences and sprigs (see note)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 tablespoons orange juice
Directions See How It's Made
- For this recipe you need 1.5 kg cleaned and hulled strawberries.
- Cut the strawberries into pieces and put into a suited pot.
- Add sugar and lime juice. Mix and let stand for 2 hours.
- Bind the lavender sprigs with the inflorescences together. Add to the strawberries.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat stirring all the time.
- Let cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Then remove from heat and remove the lavender.
- Add 4 tablespoons of orange juice. If you like you can mash now the strawberries as you would like them in your jam.
- Fill into twist off preserving jars and close jars. Let stand for 1 minute and then turn up side down. Let stand for 10 minutes and turn over again. Let cool completely.
- NOTE on lavender: I use lavender inflorescences while flowering. I cut the leaving about 15cm of the sprig at the inflorescence. If you can't get fresh lavender you can sub it by about 8 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers (but that is a guess).
- NOTE on "Dr. Oetker's Super Gelling Sugar 3:1". Dr. Oetker is a well known brand in Germany. There are several gelling sugars available. The "3:1" super gelling sugar already contains pectin and you only need 1/3 of sugar. If you can't get it, you could also use Dr. Oetker's 2:1 super gelling sugar.