1 1/2 kg (3 lb) Siúcra Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 kg (3 lb) Blackberries
70 ml (1/8 pint, 2 1/2 fl.oz) water
2 tablespoons lemon juice OR 1/2 level teaspoon citric or tartaric acid
Wash and drain the blackberries and place in a greased preserving pan or thick-based saucepan with the water and the lemon juice or acid.
Bring to the boil and then simmer gently until the fruit is completely softened and the contents of the pan have reduced.
Add the warmed sugar and stir until dissolved, then boil rapidly to setting point.Pot and cover in the usual way; label and date. (See 'Potting and covering' for details).
Blueberries – the best berry in the forest
Blueberries are definitely the best berry in the forest. Blueberry season tends to start in July and can extend into autumn.
One of the last fruits of summer is the apple – delicious, juicy and healthy. And you can use it in so many ways.
Jams and Marmalades
It is easy and fun to make your own jam and marmalade. The sugar enhances the flavour of the fruit you are using and ensures a longer shelf-life for your masterpiece.
Mmm! What could be better than a rich, sumptuous chocolate cake to lift the spirits – either as an indulgent treat or to round off a meal.
Cheesecakes of every kind
How about serving up a creamy, tangy cheesecake rather than a regular cake at your party? Cheesecakes come in many different variations, forms and flavours.