Blackberry, apple, orange and juniper butter

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 kilograms Cooking apples
600 grams Blackberries
4 Unwaxed oranges
4 Unwaxed lemons
300 millilitres Cranberry juice
1 teaspoon Juniper berries, crushed
1⅛ kilograms Caster sugar

1. Roughly chop the apples, peel and core included. Place in a preserving pan with the blackberries. Peel the skin from the oranges and discard; chop the flesh. Squeeze the juice from the lemons. Add the orange flesh, lemon juice and skins to the pan. Pour over the cranberry juice and add the juniper berries; bring gently to the boil. Continue to boil quite hard for 25 minutes until the fruit is soft and pulpy.

2. Remove the lemon skins and leave to cool; then squeeze the lemon pulp into the mixture and discard the skins. Push all the pulp through a fine nylon sieve and weigh; weigh out three-quarters of this measurement in sugar.

3. Place the pulp and sugar in a pan and dissolve the sugar over a low heat. Increase the heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes utnil set; stir often, making sure you mix in the scum as this is where the pectin is. When setting point is reached, and not before, skim off and discard the scum, then pot the butter into jars.

NOTES : To find out how much sugar to use you must first weigh the pulp.

Three-quarters of this weight is the amount of sugar you add. This recipe yielded 1.5kg/3lb 5oz pulp, so 1.125kg/2lb 8oz sugar was used. A fruit butter is a jelly made with the pulp and juice rather than just the juice and sugar. Spread on scones and bread, or serve with cold pork and crispy crackling or at the end of a meal with cream cheese. Makes 1⅘-2.25kg / 4-5lb Per tablespoon: 38 calories, fat trace Recipe by: BBC Good Food, October 1996 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #655 by Kerry Erwin <kerry@...> on Jul 04, 1997

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