1 kg green gooseberries, topped and tailed
1 kg McKinney's Sure-Set Jam Sugar
425 ml water
100 ml elderflower cordial
Prepare the jars by washing them well and sterilise by drying in a 150°C oven for 10 minutes.
Top and tail the gooseberries and wash them in a colander under a running tap.Pour into a large heavy based stainless steel pot with the water.
Mash roughly with a potato masher to break the skins slightly.
Simmer gently for approximately 30 minutes, this helps soften the skins which can become tough.
Add the sugar and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar dissolves.
You can feel the sugar on the bottom of the pan like sand.Increase the heat to a rolling boil and boil for exactly 4 minutes.
Use a kitchen timer.Stir in the elderflower cordial and mix well, and skim the jam.
Allow the jam to rest for 15 minutes before potting the jam to allow the fruit to settle and distribute evenly.
Pour the hot jam into warm sterilised jars and cover immediately.
Allow to cool completely, then date and label and store in a cool, dark place.
Refrigerate after opening.
Recipe supplied by Rozanne Stevens
Baking for Christmas is always something special. This is the one safe haven that always seems to cling to tradition. But perhaps you would like to try something different for a change… you might find yourself a new favourite goodie this year!
For many, Christmas wouldn't be complete without sweet treats. Put out homemade toffees, chocolates and truffles for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want the most classic Christmas treats or more advanced alternatives, we've got the recipe.
The Christmas holiday provides many opportunities to get together and mingle with a pleasant drink in the hand. A few suggestions for Christmas celebrations big and small.
Certain things should never be left off the Christmas dinner table – and you will also find many new, exciting dishes here!
Midwinter is redolent of oranges and spices – fragrances evoking images of countries less dark and cold than our northern climes. After Christmas dinner, it’s nice to serve something refreshing like an orange salad or citrus ice cream.