It’s jamming time!
As autumn proceeds it’s time to prepare the best out of season’s finest produce. Here up north one of the most delicious treats in season are apples. There are many different varieties you can pick from your local supermarket and you can find even bigger of a selection at market halls and market places. Apple’s can be used for multiple things from salads to pies to jams and juices – and we decided to pair them with our nutrient and vitamin rich baobab.
First, FORGET about the jam sugar! Jam sugars, the products that are marketed precisely for jam making, include white, refined granulated sugar, potassium sorbate and pectin – heteropolysaccharide that’s contained in the primary cell walls of specific plants. Pectin is mainly extracted from citrus fruits and is used in food production as a gelling agent, especially in jams and jellies.
Guess what? Baobab has a bunch of pectin. Pectin acts like a sponge in the blood helping to soak up unwanted fat and cholesterol in the bloodstream. Pectin also smooths the flow of gastrointestinal tract, lowers cholesterol and balances blood sugar levels. So instead of using a refined sugar with added pectin why not to make your jam with pectin rich, organic baobab fruit powder that’s completely non-processed? And as mentioned, pectin balances blood sugar levels – even better if you’re eating a touch sweet dish.
To make the apple & baobab jam a little sweeter than the apples natural sweetness (which might be enough for many, so try different amounts!) instead of white sugar we decided to go for coconut sugar. Coconut sugar that’s derived from coconut palms has a lower glycemic index GI (coconut sugar has a GI of 35, honey 55 and normal cane sugar 68). The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, like baobab, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health.
So, if you can, use coconut sugar. On top of the lower GI coconut sugar has far more micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium and zinc.
In addition to apples and baobab powder the few things you need to make this healthy jam is Ceylon cinnamon (use organic cinnamon if possible), water and a pinch of salt. If you want to add a touch of bourbon vanilla or other extracts, go ahead – imagination is the limit!
Here’s the recipe for a smooth apple and baobab jam:
- 5-6 medium sized apples (if you buy locally sourced and / or organic) leave the peals on as they create a pretty red colour
- 1 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4-5 table spoons of baobab powder
- 4-5 tablespoons of coconut sugar
Wash and slice the apples and place them in a pot. Add just enough water for the apple slices to be covered.
Bring the water to boil and cook for about 7-10 mins or until the apples are cooked through.
Remove almost all the water but remember to leave about 1 cm of water on the bottom – OH, and don’t throw the water to the sink, use a funnel or just pour it into an approx. 1 litre container; you’ll get nice pink apple infused water – almost like apple juice!
Add the cinnamon, salt and baobab powder and blend the apples till they are smooth. Have a taste. Due to adding baobab powder the jam will taste a touch more tart. Some like it tart so start adding sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached the sweetness you are after.
Place the pot back to the stove and let the jam reach boiling point again and form a few bubbles.
Remove from stove and let it cool before pouring into jars.
We’ve enjoyed our baobab & apple jam with our homemade Greek style baobab & coconut yoghurt, cheeses, cookies and porridge – and it’s YUMMLY!
Oh, and we’ve even created these delicious baobab granola jars with it – more about that in our next post, so stay tuned.
If our jam recipe tickles your tastebuds, you can get yourself some baobab powder at our webstore.
So, what are you waiting for – get jamming!
Hanne, Erik & Rob