Cherry Amaretto Jam

     I can’t believe it’s already the end of September.  That means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and homemade gifts!  I’m excited to be a part of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Meal Planning Magic.  Every Thursday from now until Christmas we’ll be sharing homemade treats that are perfect for holiday parties.

Cherry Amaretto Jam is great for gift giving!

     Last weekend the weather was cooler so I figured it would be a great time to start canning items for Christmas.  I started with this cherry amaretto jam that is a fabulous hostess gift for all those holiday parties.  I like to give this jam with a loaf of crusty bread all wrapped up in a festive dish towel and tied with a holiday ribbon.  Another idea is to give the jam with a bottle of amaretto to enjoy after the party guests have left.

     The smell of this jam while it was cooking was amazing.  There was the sweet and tartness of the cherries mingling with fragrant almonds.  I spooned a little bit out of the pan to try and ended up eating several spoonfuls before the jam made it into the jars.  This jam goes wonderfully with bread, crackers, or even in thumbprint cookies.  Put a fabric square over the lid and place a colorful label on it to give as a gift at Christmas time.

Cherry Amaretto Jam (slightly adapted from Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving)
2 (16 oz) bags frozen sweet cherries, thawed and drained
6 T. classic pectin
3/4 c. amaretto liqeur
3 T. lemon juice
4 1/2 c. sugar

1.  Prepare your canner and 7 half pint jars.

2.  Finely chop the cherries.  

3.  Combine the cherries, pectin, amaretto, and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium high heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

4.  Add the sugar and stir well until it has dissolved.  Return to a rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.


5.  Skim the foam from the jam and ladle the hot jam into the hot jars leaving 1/4 inch of headspace.   Remove any air bubble from the jars and readjust the headspace.

6.  Put on the 2 piece lid and screw to finger tip tight.  Heat in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes with the lid on. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool for 12 hours then check to make sure the lids have sealed. Store for up to 1 year.
  

**Makes 7 half pints** 

Cherry amaretto Jam from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

 

Comments

  1. This is the perfect holiday jam! Happy to be baking along with you this year : )

  2. I was just telling a friend yesterday taht I wanted to figure out some yummy homemade treats to make for the holidays. This is a great idea!

  3. I love when things are so good they don’t make it to the plate before you eat some/all of it. This jam sounds delicious, makes me wish I had the stuff to can.

  4. What a great gift and so pretty, too. Would love to pour a bit over some cream cheese…yum! Glad you’re participating in the hop.

  5. This is perfect for the holidays! Great idea!

  6. I love that you made a jam with the idea of hostess gifts! Cherries and amaretto sound so delicious together too! Glad you’ve joined up this year for the hop!

  7. This sounds so good. I’d love to try it on a jam-filled cookie. :-)

  8. Ooooh, I have the Ball Book and I’ve been eyeing this jam for awhile. After reading this, I’m going to have to make it for sure! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. You made Jam, wow! It sounds fantastic. Happy to be baking with u this year!!!

  10. What a wonderful gift a jar of jam is! I love the idea of adding amaretto, since I love cooking with booze!

  11. Hi Heather,
    What a very special treat this will be at Christmas. I would love to get a jar of this jam. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. This looks amazing. One day I will get brave and try canning so I can make awesome gifts like this :)

  13. Amaretto in jam is a great idea. Glad to be in the blog hop with you.

  14. This sounds amazing! I love that you can! I have found that it’s rather addicting, but delightful too. Can’t wait to see what you come up with as the year progresses :)

  15. I saw your recipe come up after one I posted in the Online BlogCon group and had to check it out! I LOVE amaretto! I bet this is out of thie world, I’m totally making it to try. Thanks for sharing! ~ Paula

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