More Than a Just Spoonful

June 11, 2018

Sure you can slather it on your morning bagel or toast, but here are five delicious ways to polish off a jar of jam. 

Mix it in greek yogurt with a handful of in-season berries

Can you believe that most of those pre-flavored, store-bought yogurts usually have as much sugar in them as a can of soda? Lower your sugar intake and still amp up the flavor with just a small spoonful of jam, where the sugar content comes from the fruit, not refined sugars. Go further by picking a reduced sugar spread like our Fig Tamarind or Blueberry Bourbon.

Make a hearty sauce for meat dishes

The key here is to pick a less sweet option, like our favorite wine onion, or a red pepper jelly. Adding a spoonful or two as you’re finishing cooking your meats will thicken the pan drippings and layer on the complexity to your dish. 

Shake it in a cocktail

Need a quick simple syrup, but don’t have one on hand? A dollop of jam and a splash of mixer is your new solution. Pair jams with spirits that compliment their flavors. We love this recommendation from Epicurious: “Think peach with whiskey, raspberry with vodka, and orange marmalade with gin.”

Add something sweet to your next cheeseboard

Go here for our ultimate guide to building an epic cheese board. Our go-to standard, if you want to wow a crowd: heat some brie or camembert topped with a fruit jam and handful of crushed nuts like walnuts or almonds.

Bake some thumbprint cookies

So simple, yet so satisfying. And you can fill them with a variety of jam flavors that you have on hand to appeal to everyone’s tastes.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Assorted jams, for filling cookies

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, 5 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla, then add dry ingredients until incorporated. Drop 1-inch dough balls onto greased baking sheets. Press a thumbprint into center of each ball, about 1/2-inch deep, filling with a small spoonful of jam. Bake 12 - 14 minutes, until edges turn golden brown.




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