It’s no secret that I have had a torrid love affair with blueberries since I was a young child. Recently, I have begun cheating on my beloved blueberries with its cousin, the blackberry, and using this delicious berry in more of my dishes. With #BrunchWeek upon us, I figured I would make a blackberry jam but, the more I thought about it, well, it just sounded so – so – plain. With all that is going on for #BrunchWeek, I wanted to do something special and play with flavors so, after running into some gorgeous looking blueberries, I figured it was time to marry the two and add a savory component to it. A bit of thyme, a touch of citrus and *poof* this divine black and blue thyme jam was born.
I use the same technique I used for my easiest ever strawberry jam and mixed berry jam and just tweaked it a bit. Obviously, I didn’t can it in a rolling water bath to make it shelf stable but you definitely could do it. It’s more like a refrigerator jam that will keep for a few weeks. It’s great on biscuits and toast but also, I served a bit of it with my Almond Crunch Coffee Cake. The thyme flavor is not overwhelming and, as I’m marinating on the idea of other uses, I might even try it in sauce form with a bit of red pepper for some chicken this weekend.
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On to the recipe:
Gather the ingredients
Is there anything better than freshly squeezed OJ?
Letting the Berries work their magic with the sugar and zest
Adding the Thyme to the Berries
Bring it all to a rolling boil, let simmer and
- 16 ounces of fresh blueberries
- 15 ounces of fresh blackberries
- 1 cup of granulated sugar (you can add another ½ cup if you like it sweeter)
- Zest and juice of one lemon
- Zest and juice of one medium orange
- 1 small granny apple, peeled and finely diced or grated
- 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves chopped
- Clean the blueberries and blackberries and add to a heavy dutch oven.
- To the berries, add the sugar and orange juice and let sit for a few minutes to macerate.
- Over a medium-high heat, bring the berries to a boil and stir often.
- When the mixture comes to a rolling boil, add the diced or grated apple and stir.
- Let the mixture continue at a rolling boil, making sure to skim the foam off of the top until the mixture reaches 220 degrees.
- When the jam reaches 220 degrees, turn off the heat and let come to room temperature. It will thicken as it stands (about 30 - 45 minutes or so)
- When the mixture is at room temperature, you can now place in jars or containers and place in the fridge. It should keep for a couple weeks.
Check out what other fabulous recipes the #BrunchWeek Bloggers cooked up:
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Deviled Egg Spread with Home Rolled Crackers by Vanilla Lemonade
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Asparagus and Eggs in Mornay Sauce by Noshing With The Nolands
Brunch Recipes with Potatoes
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Meat, Poultry and Fish Brunch Recipes
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Cherry Coconut Granola by Katie’s Cucina
Brioche by poet in the pantry
Gold Goddess Steel Cut Oats by The Vintage Cook
Quick and Easy Early Morning Parfaits by Cravings of a Lunatic
Caramelized Onion & Bacon Croque Monsieur by The Kitchen Prep
Belgian Liege Waffles by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Fruit and Vegetable Brunch Recipes
Warm Salad Three Ways by Cook the Story
Spreads for Brunch
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Brunch Dessert Recipes
Crumb-Top Blueberry Muffins by Love and Confections
Banana Walnut Scone (Gluten Free/Dairy Free) by Around My Family Table
Croissant & Chocolate Bread Pudding by White Lights on Wednesday
Honey Poached Pear “Sundae” by Amanda’s Apron
Strawberries and Cream Muffins by The Domestic Mama & The Village CookLemon Poke Cake by Real Housemoms
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