Sunday, 27 November 2011

Butternut Squash Jam

So impressive. So delicious. So easy.  It's always impressive to have homemade jam because it's usually such a time consuming process.  This, however, takes no time at all.  I didn't really know what to call this, I was attempting to make squash butter but it became too..jammy for butter. Whatever it is, it can be used as a spread on your bread and whatnot.  It's essentially just cooked squash with spices and honey in it, it tastes kind of like a pumpkin pie.  Mmm I know, pumpkin pie jam.  It's nice because it's something different, I don't know why they don't have squash jam, I'm seriously getting sick of strawberry jam.  Strawberry jam and raspberry jam.  I like jam but I don't eat enough of it and so I never buy a whole jar of jam.  And making homemade jam usually means making a big batch of it because it takes forever to make.  This can be made in whatever portion size you want.



Total time: 20 min  Serves: about 5 slices of toast  Suitable for: an exciting study snack
Ingredients
1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Method
Steam the butternut squash until tender, takes only about 15 minutes.  No steamer? Not to worry.  I learned this from Nigel Slater.  Simply fill a deep pot with a bit of water, put a large colander on it, make sure it's not touching the water, so not much water in the pot at all.  Put your squash in there and cover with a lid.  Genius, no? <3 Nigel.

Steam until it's tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Wait for it to cool, and mash with a fork.  Add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.

And you're done.  Eat with your toast and butter or your scones or whatever else you like to eat with jam.  Put it in a pretty jar and give it to people as gifts.  Gastronomic gifts are always great.  They're thoughtful, meaningful, cheap and delicious.

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