Apple Cranberry Jam is one of my favorite winter treats. It is sweet from the apples, tart from the cranberries, and warm from all of the winter spices. Combined they make truly a great combination. I usually make a few batches every year to last us through the winter and use it on everything from PB&J sandwiches, to a topping for brie as an appetizer.
It also makes a lovely gift. Jam has a bad rap of being extremely difficult to make, when in fact it is very easy. When I give jars away as gifts, people are so excited because they think that I slaved in the kitchen for 8 hours. Let’s let them continue to believe that though 😉
Making this Apple Cranberry Jam is actually one of the easiest jams to make. Apples and cranberries naturally produce pectin, so there is no need to add extra. If you have ever made jam then you know that once you add store-bought pectin, then it becomes foamy and you need to scrape off all of that foam before placing it in the jars. Well, not with this recipe! If you do not have a pan for a water bath, use a large pan (with a lid) and place a thick dish towel at the bottom. Fill with water and bring to boil. Proceed as the directions are written for the water bath.
Gift a jar of homemade Apple Cranberry Jam with some fresh Maple Oat Scones. Or, gift with a brie round for a lovely hostess gift. Make sure to keep some for yourself though as this jam is THE BEST on toast!!!
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This post is sponsored by the USApple Association however all opinions are my own.