One of the greatest parts of being a member of our Facebook group is seeing all of the creative recipes members make using vanilla beans. Laurel is a member of this group and a while ago, she shared her recipe for Drunken Fruit Jam. In her words, "these are all the rage for charcuterie, social gatherings, weddings and they all taste delicious." We are so excited to share her recipe in her own words and pictures!
- 4.5 cups of mashed fruit
- 1/4 cup liquor of choice
- 1/2 VanillaPura vanilla bean split, scraped and caviar
- All in crockpot for at least 4h, I like to use a crockpot liner for ease in transferring to stove top.
- Remove from crockpot, strain if desired, measure and bring back to 4.5c with a sugar free apple juice or another bland sugar free juice, not to exceed 2c additional juice. When cooled, put in jam pot, add pectin and blend thoroughly. Bring to rolling boil for 1 min.
- Add 4.5c sugar and bring back to rolling boil for 2min. Stir constantly. If jam coats the back of a stainless spoon thickly like you want, it’s ready to jar and WB 10min. If it’s not thick enough continue boiling in 2 min increments until you like the thickness, then jar and WB 10 min.
- Makes 4 pints
Fruit/Liquor pairing suggestions:
Strawberries with Tequilla
BlackBerries with Whiskey
Peaches with Rum
You can use extract as liquor, but I would only use immature extract. You can use vanilla sugar also, but I’m never interested in giving that much sugar up at one time.