Traditional Devon Cream Tea Strawberry Jam - Strawberry Conserve

Total Time
48hrs 10mins
Prep 48 hrs
Cook 10 mins

A fabulous recipe for a soft set strawberry jam, or rather a strawberry conserve, where most of the fruit remains whole and is suspended in a delicious strawberry flavoured jammy syrup! This conserve reminds me of the traditional Cream Teas you get in the West country of England - especially Devon and Cornwall; a pot of tea served with fluffy fresh scones, butter, thick cream and this strawberry conserve. (Preparation time includes the 2 days allowed for the fruit to stand in the sugar.) This type of jam recipe is also very French, they tend to have a softer set jam here in France - it is lovely to see WHOLE pieces of fruit on your toast or scones! I also use this for steamed puddings - absolutely divine!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place alternate layers of cleaned and hulled strawberries with the sugar into a non metallic bowl; add the lemon juice, but only if you are NOT using the preserving sugar, cover and leave to stand overnight.
  2. Next day, transfer the fruit and sugar to a pan, bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour back into the bowl, cover and leave again for another day.
  3. Finally, transfer to a preserving pan, bring to the boil and simmer until setting point is reached - this takes about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool a little until the conserve JUST starts to set, this takes about 15 minutes. Stir once more to distribute the fruit evenly and pour into prepared hot sterilised jars and cover immediately.
  4. Makes about 3 lb of conserve.
  5. Only add the lemon juice if you are using normal granulated sugar and NOT preserving sugar, which contains pectin already.


Most Helpful

A very good recipe, and a good technique. I have let it sit for 25-30 minutes to cool, to let the fruit be suspended. To can, I used a 6 oz jar and processed for 10 minutes. I still get some floating of the fruit. Perhaps I will add a small dose of pectin next time. That's what it's for, right?

P.Q. Butterfat April 06, 2014

I doubled this (strawberry season has started here in Australia). I made as written, but due to small children used my handmixer to get rid of large chunks. Great on hot toast with loads of butter! Thanks for posting.

cookingpompom August 27, 2013

This conserve came out wonderful! So simple, but wonderful, deep strawberry flavor! I only had 2 pounds of strawberries and after cleaning and slicing, only 1 lb 11.5 oz, so i just weighed out and equal amount of sugar and added the juice of one really small lemon. I ended up with 4 half pints. My strawberry pieces stayed suspended nicely and the conserve stayed a lovely gemmy red color even after a 10 minute water bath in my canner. I will definitely be making this on a yearly basis from here on out. Can't wait to eat it on warm English muffins or even baked brie with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar. It is more of an "adult" strawberry flavor, in the way that it is quite tangy and complex. More so than the average strawberry jam recipe, in my opinion. If you love the flavor of a 2 day soak method, as I truly did in a French marmalade recipe I made a few months back, give this recipe a shot. You will be rewarded with an indulgent and delicious treat.

shelteredcreature August 26, 2013

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