Friday, February 13, 2015

Pineapple Jam

Chinese New Year is coming. Every year I try to make at least one Chinese New Year cookies, last year, it was peanut cookies, so yum..... the year before it was pineapple jam tarts. My household loves this jam tarts. So I try to make an effort to make this.  You would think that, one would find it easier as time goes by with the jam making. But strangely for me, not so much.

Pineapple Jam

This is my second batch of jam making this week. The one that I made last week was a tad watery, I think I shall have to use it for glazing or dessert flavourings or saucing. It was just not fibrous enough, to hold the shape of a round ball to put on top of my open faced tart.

I wanted it to be drier than the first batch. No tears this time, just a lot of determination. I must be getting old because I forgot to strain it last week. It works so much better if one follows the recipe and don't just wing it! :) I blame getting old... Thank goodness, the pineapples are not too dear to buy this time of the year. I would have cried if it was. Besides, there more to CNY than pineapple jam tarts, right? Errr, NO! Not for all the Ang Pows in the world :)

Pineapple Jam

Ingredients

3 - 4 Pineapples
2 cups of sugar ( you can add more but I don't like it too sweet.)
I cinnamon stick

Method
  1. Remove pineapple skins, 
  2. Cut into pieces
  3. Process in a blender, I use chop instead of grind for coarser result
  4. Put mash pineapple thru strainer
  5. Collect the juice, you may need it for your Rum or if jam gets too dry. 
  6. Heat up pan or wok
  7. Put strained pineapple pulp into pan and leave alone to cook till soft
  8. Add two cups of sugar, mix and leave alone
  9. Check on cooking to ensure it is caramelising nicely and not burnt. Stir it as needed.
  10. When it nice and thick and golden hue, turn heat off
  11. Leave to cool. 
  12. Once cooled, put in a sterile jar and keep in refridgerator till you are ready to use it.
You can use it for toast. This jam is so yummy, you shouldn't restrict yourself to just having it on the New Year. As for my other batch... hmmmm I can still use it for icecreams, cakes, or meat glazing on the BBQ. Meanwhile, ahem... need to find some use for juice, Where's that rum??



See how much juice you collect, if you strain it? If you don't strain, that works too but it takes longer for the jam to reduce the liquid and I am sure, no one wants to spend hours on it. Not when there's rum to be drunk !!! 

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