August cooking club - make jam

It's cooking club time again!
This month, I was particularly excited because our challenge was to make jam - something I have never tried making before and I thought it would be really fun to experiment with flavours.

I wanted to use produce that was in season and plentiful (translated: cheap). Pears immediately came to mind; pear season in Australia starts in autumn and lasts right through to summer. I love eating them fresh - they are so sweet and crisp! But also find them to be perfect for cooking and baking with.
I found a recipe here that I was keen to try out but decided to omit the raisins. I also scaled the quantities right down to make just a small batch just in case it didn't turn out right.

As it turned out, I shouldn't have worried.
It tastes absolutely beautiful. It was sweet but not overly so, thanks to the lemon juice and zest. I love  the texture of the chunks of mashed pear and the chopped nuts added a lovely overall flavour. I was so pleased with myself, I had a toast!

If you'd like to check out what the other cooking club members came up with, just visit:

Lucent Imagery (cooking club founder)

If I can make jam, so can you. Give it a go! I've provided my revised recipe below:

Pear and walnut jam (makes ~ 500g)

Ingredients
  • 3 ripe pears (I used Beurre Bosc)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnut
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
Method
  1. Peel and core the pears. Slice into small cubes.
  2. Combine pears, honey, sugar and half of the lemon juice in a pot and bring to a boil. Cook at a steady boil for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. As the mixture begins to thicken, add walnuts. Continue reducing for perhaps 5 minutes more until a jell-set is achieved, then add the lemon zest and remaining lemon juice to taste. 
  4. Mash the pears into smaller chunks. Return to a brief boil, ladle into prepared jars and seal.
  5. Process in a boiling-water bath for 15 minutes.
Credit: Pantry label downloaded (with thanks) from here.

53 Responses to August cooking club - make jam

Anoushka said...

This is the first time I hear about pear jam. I like the idea. Must taste fantastic! xo

megan said...

Pear and walnut - what a great combination! I don't like nuts myself, but this could be a great recipe for family Christmas presents!

Georgia said...

Your pear jam looks delicious, I like the idea of walnuts in jam too:)

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

mmmmm looks sooo good

<3 katherine
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Kylie said...

This is such an interesting jam! I love the additions of honey and lemon.

Lucent Imagery said...

Mmmm considering I love pear and walnuts in a salad together, I'm certain I would love your jam! So great that we both chose pears! I love your jar and cover - my next step is to find cute labels and covers for my future batches. I'm thinking of making stuff in jars for festive season presents.

Chisa said...

Ooh, pear and walnut is such a great combination! Definitely next on my list for jam-making adventures.

rooth said...

OOoo looks wonderful - ship it over my way!

Shop N' Chomp said...

Yum yum! I can't remember if I've ever had pear jam but seeing as I am already a fan of pears, I am sure I would
Iike this! :)

Mimi said...

i've always wanted to learn how to make jam! :D

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Christine ♥ said...

sooo yummy! i really want to try this :) thanks alot for sharing hun! XO

Christa said...

I realized, after reading your post, that I have never cooked pears before! Not in any way, shape, or form. I must rectify this soon, if your lovely post is any indication of the deliciousness they can provide. Great job on the success of your jam!

Juanita said...

I was just thinking that the label is too cute! Off to check the site.

The recipe sounds really easy! I used to think jams involved gelatin and stuff, which I really was not keen on using... Will have to make jam soon!

Explody Full said...

Pear and walnut what a awesome sounding combination! I love how you've labelled and tied the lid! Looks like something from a farmer's market!

Down by the sea said...

I haven't seen pear jam before either yours looks so yummy and the walnuts adds a nice extra touch.
Sarah x

Gaby said...

ok what is the cooking club? i want in :)

Rowantree Design said...

54Hmm pear jam, I like the sound of it, I also think the texture would be good too! I am currently making cumquat jam, pear is on the list.

little t said...

This is on my 'day zero project' list- haven't done it yet! This looks delish!

Jo N said...

This looks wonderful. I will be trying to recipe out..soon.
Thanks!

blondebenedicte said...

thanks dear!

uh, well done! good experimentation ;)
have a nice w/e! bisous xxx

Elle Sees said...

i'll have to put this on my list of things to try!

Erica said...

I never would have thought to use pears. This looks so good!

Mitha Komala said...

thanks for the tutorial, the bread looks yummy! <3

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Liv Lundelius said...

oh homemade jam makes me always think of my mum. she usually always sends me some from her garden in Germany to London. She just asked today if she can send it over to Sydney too, since they are so strict with importing food etc.
I have to check on that...
I really hope it's ok.
Otherwise I will follow your recipe and make my own.

Liv Lundelius said...

oh homemade jam makes me always think of my mum. she usually always sends me some from her garden in Germany to London. She just asked today if she can send it over to Sydney too, since they are so strict with importing food etc.
I have to check on that...
I really hope it's ok.
Otherwise I will follow your recipe and make my own.

Liv Lundelius said...

P.S: it just tool me 4 attempts to leave a comment with the captcha word verification. does anyone else have this problem?

Clara Turbay said...

it´s simple!

Dancing Branflake said...

No way! I just bought some pears and I have no clue what to do with them. Thank you!

Fashion Tales said...

It looks great! I'm going to have to check out the other cooking links as well.

Xixia said...

Oh, this is so cool. I've never heard of pear jam before, but now that I have, the idea is perfect.
Just found your blog and I really like it! Food, nomnoms! :)

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ijinku said...

Okay gal, I wish you lived nearby and I'd totally be at your kitchen every day! If you'd have me that is :)

honey my heart said...

ooo pear jam! i want some now.

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I have always wanted to make jam and am definitely going to experiment since you've inspired me! Thank you!

xo Mary Jo

Mica said...

Oh haven't ever thought of pear jam before! What a nice thing to make!

Becca @ The Beauty Sample said...

Wow you are such a talented cook--everything that you cook and post on here looks so heavenly! I am craving jam and toast now...

Pink Ronnie said...

I reckon homemade jam would be such a beautiful present to give to someone.
Ronnie xo

Christine ♥ said...

I nominated you for the "Sunshine Award" hun!
You can check it out if you want to :)

Hope you have a fab day! ~ XO

Stefania said...

It looks delicious!!

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Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

My mom makes her own jam but I've never thought of doing it. I've never heard of pear and walnut jam but I'd love to try it when I've got a bit more time on my hands.

Helena Resende said...

I love jam! :)

Ester Ramos said...

Looks delicious!

Meream said...

Oooh I've never tried those! I admit that I am not a big jam person but they always look so nice on top of toast. :D

Gillian said...

This looks and sounds delicious. I made pear and vanilla jam once. It was nice, but very sweet. I like the addition of walnuts, I bet that gave a nice texture. x

Brenda evans said...

never tasted a pear jam before and i'd like to!

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yiqin; said...

looks yummy <3

littlemissandrea said...

I'm not a big fan of jam, but yours sounds really yummy! Like you, I usually try to scale down recipes so that I can try them out before making big batches :)

Milana - FashionStyleAdvice said...

I really want to start making jam :)

Kelsea Echo said...

Wow, you made your own jam! How fancy!

Wild Flower said...

My mouth literally just watered! The jam looks absolutely delightful!

Kaylee
xo

indie by heart said...

:) Nice recipe!
I have some apples that I need to turn into all kinds of goodies, jam could be one thing to do ^^ Tastes great with pancakes and .. Yum, now I need some food :D

Satu
Indie by heart

Ribambelle said...

Looks so delicious

akiko hiramatsu said...

This jam looks so delicious!!!
I like your foods posts everytime!

akiko
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Sharlynn said...

Awesome stuff! I love fruit jams and would be so stoked to make a berry jam of some sort!