Is there anything better than homemade jam? I don’t know about you but I love me some homemade jam, but I never thought I could make my own without a whole lot of time and trouble…well I am here to change your mind…we are going to be making jam in the oven.
OK…now I know some of you might be thinking I am a little crazy. First I am talking about making jam, and second I am talking about making jam in the oven…yes both are true.
So jam in the oven, really? That is what I thought when I first saw the recipe. I couldn’t understand how that would work exactly…I mean how could something being baked in the oven become jam, and in less than 2 hours? Well, I decided to put the recipe to the test (with a few additions) and I was so, so glad I did.
As this was cooking down int he oven I could not believe how incredible the house smelled. It smelled like a sweet bakery that was baking everything good…and it just got better and better the more the jam cooked down. The color was also so amazing. It started out being super dark and then became bright red and then finally settled into a beautiful reddish pink that makes strawberry jam something to be admired (and devoured).
Now to make this jam a little special (& different than a normal jam) I added in a few little surprises. First I used a little brown sugar, I just love the hint of molasses that it brings to a dish, especially one that is cooked down like this one. Next I added in some balsamic vinegar. I love the bot of tango gives while still letting the berries and sweet shine through. I know it sounds a little strange but trust me it adds that bit of something that will people asking what makes this so good and different. It is up to you if you share your secret though.
Once this jam was made I immediately put some on my super Easy Homemade Biscuits, and then on some toast, and then in a peanut butter sandwich, and maybe on a waffle … well you get the point, I used it as much as I could on anything and everything. I might have even had a spoonful (or two) of just the jam…you know you want too as well!!
This would be a great weekend treat that everyone is sure to love…and trust me there is nothing as good as homemade jam on a summer weekend!!
Remember, make everyday sparkle – MJ