This is the undoubtedly the quickest-to-make recipe I've posted on here. I wanted something for the Easter weekend to serve with French toast and scones and this fitted the bill very nicely.
It literally takes 5 minutes to make and involves 4 ingredients, a few minutes of stove-side stirring and that's it. The first batch I made got demolished very quickly by the brunch mob, so I had to make a 2nd batch.....which I took as a good sign.
I've used frozen berries as fresh ones aren't yet in season. Most supermarkets stock frozen berries in all sorts of combinations.....this one was blackberries, blueberries and red currants. Just choose the ones you most like the look of.
In case you need an excuse to make this....berries are naturally low in sugar and high in anti-oxidants. It's also a healthier alternative to the usual refined-sugar-laden jams you find in the shops.
- 1 cup of frozen berries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds - I used white ones but any colour will work fine
- 2 tbsp rice syrup (from the health food shop) - I like my jam quite tart, if you prefer it sweeter, add a bit more rice syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- You'll also need a clean jar
- Tip the frozen berries into a saucepan and heat very gently, stirring now and again until they start to release their juices
- Simmer gently for 5 minutes
- Add the vanilla extract, chia seeds and rice syrup
- Pour into a jar and leave to cool in the fridge for a few hours. This also gives the chia seeds time to swell up nicely.
- Keep in the fridge and eat within 10 days. Will also keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.