Saturday, 6 August 2011

Blueberry Spiced Freezer Jam and Upside Down Blueberry Peach Raspberry Cake

Early this spring  decided to try to  freeze fruits and make jam as each fruit came into season. It is now mid summer and so far have rhubarb, strawberries , raspberries, cherries in
the freezer  and batches of different jams ,  ready for  those cold winter days when a taste of summer is a necessity.
 Won't it be nice to   have a summer taste on those cold  days.
Blueberries and Peaches are mid summer fruits   in season  right now. Last pint of fresh  raspberries too.
Packages ready for  the freezer.
Love  making batches  of freezer jam which in my opinion has the best fresh flavour.
Doesn't heat up the kitchen either which is a good thing this summer. I do have some black currants  which require cooking, in the freezer ready to be made into jam on a cool fall day.
 I have been making 1 batch of each fruit as it comes in season seems to suit , only the 2 of us in the family now. This is the first time I have spices to  Blueberry Jam. Purist that I am.

4 cups prepared blueberries
3 1/4  cups sugar,
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg and cinnamon
1 pkg light CERTO Fruit Pectin
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
RINSE clean jars and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.
Clean, stem , and crush blueberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 4 cups prepared fruit into large bowl.Stir  1/4 cup sugar and pectin together Add to  fruit, stir   let stand 30 minutes , stirring occasionally.
Add remaining sugar , spices and lemon juice , stir for 3 minutes.
FILL jars immediately to within 1/4inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year.
Click here for Printable Recipe.

A favourite dessert from childhood has  always been Pineapple Upside Down cake .
I  found a version using  blueberries and peaches ( a fabulous pairing)  from Foodland Ontario web site. Had to try it.. I had one last basket of  fresh raspberries so included some of them in the recipe..

1/4 cup  butter, melted
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and ground ginger (used nutmeg and cinnamon)
2 Peaches, peeled,cut into1/2 inch  wedges (Used 3)
1/2 cup   Blueberries
1/2 cup Raspberries

1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
2 tsp  baking powder
1/4 tsp  salt
1/2 cup  butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
Butter 8 inch square pan.Preheat oven to 350.
In small bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger; spread pan. Top with circles of peach wedges, leaving a little space between peaches. Sprinkle blueberries and  raspberries between peach slices.

In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt until well combined. In large bowl and using electric mixer, beat butter with sugar and lemon rind until light and creamy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour, until well blended. Spoon batter over fruit, spreading to edges.

Bake in centre of 350°F  oven 50to 55 minutes /until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Run knife around edge of cake, then carefully invert onto platter. Click Here for Printable Recipe.
Serve  with ice cream or whipping cream.
My  cake is not so pretty as  I used  more fruit than original recipe.

However the cake is light, moist  and  lightly lemon flavoured.
Next time I would    not "over "add on the fruit.
Tastes great anyway..especially with some whipped cream.......


Rosanne said...

The jam and cake sound terrific! I just bought blueberries and peaches at the market yesterday!

Karen said...

Rosemary, I have a herd of Red Hatters arriving in under two hours, so no time to make these delectable recipes today! I wish I had looked earlier, you always post the most wonderful things. In the words of good ol' Arnold, "I will be back."

Wish me luck with this, where am I going to put all these people in my house? It was supposed to be a garden party but the rain changed that.

Laura Wilkerson said...

Mmmm Rosemary! That cake looks delish!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and if you'd like an invite to Pinterest, just inbox me your email!
Have a great day :)

☆☆Mumsy said...

Since there are only two of you in the house, how about sending me some of that scrumptious freezer jam? You make me drool for some with my breakfast toasts :-)

poppilinnstudios said...

Oh, that cake looks good! I'd like a piece with my coffee right now! Thanks for the recipe.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Man, does this look good? My family would love this. Thanks for the recipe.

Donna Heber said...

Looks amazing Rosemary!

Dan said...

The upside down cake looks really good. I'll have to try your recipe.

Kim and Victoria said...

That looks soooooo good.