Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Blueberry / Lemon Jam

5 cups blueberries
6 1/2 cups sugar
Zest of two lemons
Juice of two lemons
2 (3 ounce) envelops liquid fruit pectin (Ball Fruit Jell)
7 (8 oz.) Canning Jars with lids

Prepare jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In a large saucepan over high heat add blueberries, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir frequently while bringing to a rolling boil. Stir in pectin and continue boiling for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Skim any foam if necessary and ladle into the hot prepared jars. Be sure to leave at least a 1/4” space at the top of the jar. Place the cap on the jars and process for another 15 minutes in a canner with boiling water.

Whiskey Sauce

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 beaten egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup bourbon

IN a small saucepan melt butter. Stir in the sugar, egg yolk, and water. Cook and constantly stir the mixtureover medium-low heat for 5 to 6 minutes or till sugar dissolves and mixture boils. Remove from heat; stir in bourbon. Serve warm over bread pudding. (Cover and chill leftovers.)

Bread Pudding

4 beaten eggs
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups dry French bread cubes or regular bread cubes
1/3 cup dried tart red cherries, dried cranberries or raisins
1 recipe Whiskey Sauce

1. In a bowl beat together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, orange peel (if desired), and cinnamon. In an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish toss together bread cubes and dried fruit; pour egg mixture evenly over bread mixture.

2. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 mnutes or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool slightly. Serve warm with Whiskey Sauce. Makes 8 servings.