I bought some cherries when they were on sale last week. Ive been nibbling them on and off. But somehow I never finish a bag and I hated to waste them. My bf doesn't like cherries. I finally got around to pitting them tho and wasn't sure what to do with them. I was going to just freeze them and maybe use them for jam later on. But then I remembered seeing a chocolate/cherry type jam somewhere online. I couldn't find it so I decided to make my own with what I had. I was completely out of pectin tho and wasn't going to the store just for that. Jam doesn't need pectin of course but I like to use low/no sugar pectin because I try to reduce the amt. of sugar I eat. I often have it with my yogurt in the mornings.
But jam can
just have sugar and be cooked down till thickened, that's the old
fashioned way. Cherries are low acid fruit too so I knew I needed to add
lemon juice. And I had cocoa powder here so I figured I had all I
needed to make this. I got 3 half pts from this amt. I decided to can
small jars since I'm the only one that would eat it. And I thought this
would be heavenly on ice cream. I was right. I left the cherries whole
which I love but next time I make this I think Ill chop them up just a
bit. This way they would be spread more evenly thru the rest of it. But I
really liked this and may make more just to keep on hand throughout the
Chocolate Cherry Jam Made 3 half pts.
2 1/2 c. pitted cherries
2 tb. lemon juice
1 3/4c. sugar
1/4c. Ghiardelli cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
I first pitted the cherries. I
have a cherry pitter but it squirts juice and makes a mess so I tried a
new way that I saw online. It works great. You get a narrow necked
bottle like a beer bottle, one small enough that the cherry wont fall in
and a chopstick. Put the cherry on top of the open empty bottle and
stick the chopstick thru it. It should push the pit right out and into
the bottle. (how cool is that, all the pits contained so you can just
toss it out). It goes pretty fast and makes minimal mess.
Put the cherries and lemon
juice into a pot and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and cook for about
20min. It should start to be getting thick.
Once it starts to get thick,
add the cocoa powder and stir well to dissolve in the mix. Let cook
another 10-15min. till as thick as you would like. Remember it will get
thicker as it cools. Stir in the vanilla.
Pour into jars and water bath, 10min.