Cooking up favours for your guests is such a wonderfully personal idea! There’s no shortage of delicious recipes, but we’ve created this zingy grape and honey jam to perfectly accompany an Italian feast!
Whether you’re wanting to bottle up this tasty jam for guests to take home, or serve it alongside antipasti platters and cheese, it’s a beautifully fragrant crowd pleaser. Start collecting jars and keep an eye out for sultana grapes and you’re halfway there!
What You Will Need:
- Chosen glass jars (whether small for guest favours, or large for storage) – sterilised
- 1.5 cups good quality honey. Choose one with a flavour you enjoy, as this will affect the overall taste
- 3 kg sultana grapes, stems removed
- 2 lemons, juiced
- Heavy based saucepan
Step 1. Once you’ve removed all the stems from the grapes, weigh to ensure you have enough fruit. Place the grapes into your heavy based saucepan. Using a fork or masher, mash the grapes to release some juice and break the skins.
Step 2. Place the saucepan over a medium heat, until the grapes soften and release more juice. Remove from the heat and mash again, more thoroughly. If you’d like the jam to have a finer consistency, remove the skins with a sieve, and mash them further, before returning them to the pot. Add the lemon juice and honey, and return to a low heat.
Step 3. Let the jam simmer gently for approximately 30 minutes, making sure it does not reduce too rapidly. To see if the jam will set, pop a small dollop on a very cold plate, and push your finger through it (being careful not to burn yourself!). If the jam wrinkles, it will set. If not, return the the saucepan to a low heat and try again in 10 minute intervals. Note: as there is no pectin used in this jam, it may not set as firmly as other jams would. Pour your jam into sterilised jars while hot, and leave to cool.
Pop a tag on your jars and place on your feasting table in a stack for guests to take home, or serve up this grape and honey jam with your entree or dessert. It’s a delicious and simple way to add a lot of heart to your beautiful day!
Ms Zigzag says: Guests would be thrilled to receive a thoughtful and delicious wedding favour like this! Perfect for any Italian feast or celebration.
About Ms Honeycomb – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).