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Apple and Spice Jelly

Apple and Spice Jelly
Recipe type: Jelly
Cuisine: British
  • 2kg (4½ lb) apples
  • 1 litre (1.75 pints) water
  • 8 cloves or 2 heaped teaspoons of ground ginger or 2 heaped teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • sugar
  1. Roughly chop the whole apples – don’t peel or core them.
  2. Put the fruit and the spice in the water in a preserving pan and cook slowly for about an hour.
  3. Transfer the pan contents to a fine muslin bag and allow to drip over a container.
  4. Leave for about an hour or until juice no longer drips from the bag. DO NOT squeeze the bag – this will force pulp through and produce a cloudy liquid.
  5. Measure the juice collected and place it in a clean preserving pan.
  6. Bring the juice to the boil.
  7. Add 500g (1lb 2oz) of sugar for every 600ml (1 pint) of juice.
  8. Keep on a medium heat and stir well until all the sugar has dissolved.
  9. Bring to a brisk boil and keep it there for about 10 minutes or until setting point is reached.
  10. Transfer to warmed and sterile jars, and seal well.
  11. For a deeper colour to the jelly, add the sugar before boiling the juice- the longer cooking time deepens the colour.