QUANDARY ALERT! ‘Sweet chilli sauce or sweet red pepper jam? Which one will I use more? Can I make both and store the jars in every cupboard, drawer and shelf available in my very small kitchen? (Did I mention I needed a new kitchen?)…ooh I know’ …and that’s how this recipe came about.
Again, my recipe is easy to follow (due to my very, very low boredom threshold) and makes about 4-5 jars. It is delicious served with prawns, chicken, fresh white cheese, infact almost anything (apart from a Victoria sponge). It’s not a hard jam and it’s quite loose (I don’t like loads of sugar) so can be used as a dipping sauce.
Pictured above: sweet & hot pepper jam with baked cauliflower tempura
GET A WIDE HEAVY BOTTOMED SAUCEPAN AND GET READY TO CHUCK THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS INTO IT!
1. BLITZ THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS IN A FOOD PROCESSOR
- 6 large red peppers ….right bigguns
- 8 plum tomatoes
- 6 red chillies
- 6 cloves of garlic
- big thumb size piece of ginger
- 1 lime – zest and juice
2. PUT ALL THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS INTO THE SAUCEPAN AND ADD THE FOLLOWING
- 200ml – White wine vinegar
- 50ml – red wine vinegar
- 500g – raw cane sugar
Bring everything to the boil and then turn down to a simmer for 1 hour, stirring every now and then to stop the mixture from sticking to the pan. When the mixture starts to look thicker and more sticky increase the simmer and stir more frequently for another 20 minutes.
To test the mixture put a small saucer in the fridge to chill for a few minutes then put a small spoonful on the saucer and leave for a few minutes. Then wipe your finger through the middle of the mixture, if the mixture doesn’t run back into itself, it’s done!
Put your washed jars into the oven on a low heat for about 15-20mins to sterilise them and then pour the mixture carefully into the jars…it’s mucho hoto at this point so take care.
This is halfway between a jam and a sauce in consistency.
MOST SUNDAYS…I eat this jam (loads of it) with a warmed flour tortilla, smoked bacon slices, cream cheese, chopped fresh coriander and couple of cherry tomatoes…much better than a bacon butty, just fold in half and enjoy!