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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Portugese Pumpkin Jam by Lorraine

A project a day!
I have so many photos of lovely things which have not yet appeared here on the blog. So, I am featuring a new craft item every day for 2 weeks, all made by ladies at The Craft Group.

To continue…

Project 11:
Portuguese Pumpkin Jam by Lorraine

People offer to bring something for morning tea at The Craft Group which is generous and lovely.
Lorraine brought scones topped with this jam which had everyone talking.

Your eyes told you to expect the taste of apricot jam but your tastebuds did a little dance when realising something was different. Nicely different!

And it is not hard to make…. go on, try it.

Portuguese pumpkin jam.
(Makes about 3 litres)

1.5kg pumpkin (weighed after peeling), diced.                                                       

1.5kg sugar
grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
1 heaped tablespoon chopped fresh ginger (or use ground cinnamon and cardamon).

Place pumpkin in a large, heavy based saucepan with 1/2 cup water. Cook then stir with a wooden spoon until flesh is soft enough to mash.Add sugar,stir over gentle heat until dissolved.
Add lemon zest and juice and the ginger,and boil until jam is thick and glossy (about 20 mins).
Pour jam into sterilised jars and seal while hot.
Store in a cool place (jam does not have to be refrigerated). Serve for breakfast on toast or on hot rolls; also delicious on  pikelets and scones.

Easy!  (and cheap!) Thanks for sharing, Lorraine!

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