Jams, Jellies, Preserves ,Marmalades & Fruit Syrups are not just for breakfast !

This time of year all of us are looking for a different method of marinating meat for grilling.  These suggestions come from my own experience  so I am not always going to give you a complete recipe. This is a teaser to help you move out of your cooking comfort zone.

lemony blueberry lavender marmalade
lemony blueberry lavender marmalade

1. This Marinade will make your lamb taste fabulous! Marinate covered in the fridge for 2-3hrs before grilling.

-Use a Jelly with mint  or rosemary(1/2 cup) ,  mix with a red wine vinegar & red wine(1/4c each),add some Dijon mustard and fresh chopped rosemary(2 Tbsp each) .

2. Use this Sesame Plum Sauce for glazing chicken or pork. Serve it warm and use as a dipping sauce for meatballs,

dipping sauce
dipping sauce

won tons or spring rolls. -Use red plum jam,damson plum preserves,Spiced Plum syrup or sweet Red Plum Sauce(1Cup), mix with Soy sauce ,lime juice, Chile paste(2 Tbsp each), Minced fresh ginger(1 tsp) and sesame oil(1/2 tsp). Mix in a small saucepan,heat gently over low heat(to prevent burning) just till the sauce bubbles.

Meat loaf my Dad would love!
Meat loaf my Dad would love!

3. Meatloaf can be boring, but if you add 1/2 c of  Sweet tomato chutney to the mix, you can make your meatloaf moist and fabulous. I have always used the Fanny Farmer Cookbook (twelfth edition) recipe for meatloaf but I use rolled oats instead of bread crumbs and I don’t use Worcestershire  sauce. I usually double the recipe and put one cook meatloaf in the freezer for later!

4. Make sweet potato fries and serve with Sweet tomato chutney.

5. For a tasty dessert, especially before the local fruit comes into season. You can make a plain cheesecake(ricotta or cream cheese based) and before you put it in the oven ,swirl warmed jam , jelly  or fruit syrup through the cheese cake in the pan. You can warm  jam or marmalade and spread it on the top of the cooked cheesecake.

recipe from the 1999 edition of Family circle favorite recipes
recipe from the 1999 edition of Family circle favorite recipes

6. Take a plain cake and add warmed jam or preserves to a butter cream or whipped cream filling. Spread the mixture between the layers or spread the warmed jam between the layers.  Take a “Cake Pan”cake (mix cake right in the pan) baked,but still warm and use a toothpick and to put holes all over the cake. Take the warmed jelly ,jam or fruit syrup and pour it over the cake.

What can I do with your jam,preserve or marmalade beside spread it on toast?

The nut (hazelnuts) bread with applesauce variation
The nut (hazelnuts) bread with the applesauce variation

applesaucenutbreadI found this recipe in “A World of Breads” cookbook written by:Dolores Casella  in 1966- the recipe comes from the 3rd printing August 1970. I had an overabundance of apple sauce and preserve samples in my fridge  and they were still good, but I wasn’t going to be eating all of them anytime soon. So I was looking for a recipe that I could use both the applesauce and preserves . I am making 2 batches of nut bread, one with the applesauce and one with the preserves. Once they are baked I will keep one loaf out and pack the other loaves (once they are cooled) in the freezer for later use!

Basic Nut Bread (I have included 2 of the 9 variations)

1 1/2- 2cups sugar(white,brown) -1/2 cup melted or soft butter – 1 3/4 cups milk- 2 large eggs,beaten stir until well blended

1  tsp salt-5 cups flour-2 tbs baking powder-2 cups chopped nuts-stir the first 3 ingredients add the nuts and stir till they are well coated.

Stir the dry into the dry ingredients until they are thoroughly moistened. Pour the batter into 2 well buttered load pans(or non stick) and let stand for 20 minutes. Bake at  350 degrees in oven until browned and done,about 1 hour. Test to see if it is done before turning off the oven. Note: if you use King Arthur unbleached flour you may find you need to add more liquid.

Jam or Marmalade Nut Bread variation: add 3/4 cup of any jam,preserve or Marmalade to the basic recipe above.Note: I warmed the jam in the microwave to help it to mix better with the wet ingredients

Applesauce Nut Bread variation: replace milk with applesauce. If the batter is too thick, thin with 1 0r 2 eggs. Add 1 tsp cinnamon and use half brown and half white sugar.