If you’ve got a bread maker, then you already know about the machine’s many perks.
But have you ever thought about making jam in a bread maker?
You can make all sorts of bread dough, but also pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, and more. A bread maker can handle more than dough, however. You can even make the jam to go on your bread!
Most bread machines, if not all, come with a “jam” setting included in their system. It seems surprising, right? Usually when you’re buying a bread maker, you’re getting it for the bread itself, not the treats that go on it.
Luckily, some of the same techniques that go into bread machine dough making can be used to make magnificent jam. It’s arguably easier to do than manually, and there’s far less clean up involved.
Let’s take a look at the typical jam making process as aided by your bread maker.
Bread Maker Jam Recipe
You’ll need the same ingredients for your bread maker jam as you’d need for making it regularly. Make sure you have:
- Fruit – Any jam-favorable fruit will do; strawberries, if you want to stay standard, but also raspberries, peaches, blueberries, and so on. If your fruit of choice has a pit, make sure to remove it before placing it in your bread maker.
- Sugar – Make sure you keep the ratio of your sugar 1:1 with your fruit. If you’re using two cups of blueberries in your jam, include two cups of sugar. Feel free to cut down on the sugar a little bit if you like your jam less sweet.
- Pectin – This will help your jam set. There are some fruits that already contain the right amounts of pectin, so you may not have to add much. Typically, however, you’ll need anywhere from 10 to 13 grams in order to bring your jam to the proper consistency.
Once you’ve gathered these ingredients together, all that’s left is to set them in your bread maker, switch it on, bring it to the jam setting, and let the machine run. Check your machine manual to see whether or not there’s a specific order the ingredients should be added in.
Wait about an hour, and then look! Perfectly set, easy to make jam without the mess of additional pots or accidentally burnt sugar.
There’s no doubt about it: your bread maker jam will taste as good or better than anything typically homemade, and you’ll have a lot more time on your hands to keep up with your busy schedule or enjoy a relaxing day to yourself.
Other Bread Maker Jam Creations
But let’s say you want to do something funky with your jam – something unconventional. Well, we’ve included two bread maker jam recipes to make use of while trying out this nifty setting.
Hot Pepper Jam in Bread Machine
For ingredients, you’ll need:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons low sugar dry pectin
- 1 ¼ cup red bell peppers
- 1 cup green bell peppers
- 2 jalapeño peppers, resulting in about 1/3 cup’s worth
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
Wash the bell peppers and remove their seeds, then dice into 1/8 inch pieces. The chunks will remain this size after the jam cycle, so feel free to cut them smaller if you like.
Be careful when working with jalapeño peppers! Leave the seeds in the peppers only if you want your jam to be especially spicy. Otherwise, remove the seeds and cut the jalapeños into small pieces.
Attach your kneading blade to the bread pan.
Place the ingredients in your bread pan in the order listed in the ingredients section of this recipe.
Then set the pan inside the bread maker, close the lid, turn on the jam setting, and let it run! After an hour or so, use oven mitts to remove the pan from the bread machine. Make sure to let your jam cool completely before spearing its delicious goodness on bread or storing it away.
Raspberry-Chocolate Jam in Bread Maker
For ingredients, all you’ll need is:
- 1 pound of raspberries
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 ounces liquid pectin
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Cut up your raspberries and set them in your bread pan.
Add lemon juice and sugar.
Make sure your chocolate is finely chopped before sprinkling it on top of your settled fruit.
Place your bread pan in the machine, select the jam setting, and wait until the cycle’s finished.
When everything’s said and done, let your jam cool entirely before placing it on a tasty treat or away for storage in your refrigerator.
That’s how it’s done! Just ensure that your kneading blade is attached and that your jam setting is ready to go, and you’ll be on your way to delicious spreads in no time.
What are your favorite bread maker jam recipes?