My daughter and I decided to make Apple Pie Jam for our Jam Day at home!
My daughter loves to help me cook in the kitchen and is always asking to add the ingredients or stir. It is so much fun teaching her how to make different meals and desserts.
She was very excited to help me make homemade Jam and she was even more excited to try it after.
Apple Pie Jam can make a great homemade gift. It's a wonderful recipe I love to share with others.
Check out how I made the best apple pie jam recipe and I share some of the best ways to enjoy it.
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What Types of Apples to Use?
Every fall, my family goes out apple picking. We try to pick apples from all the apple trees available to give our apple selection some variety.
I have found so many different recipes to make using our picked apples every year. Some of our favorites include apple pies, applesauce, apple muffins, apple donuts, apple juice, and apple cider. I prefer apple desserts over pumpkin flavored treats any day.
Some of the apple options to use are the following:
The type of apple you use depends on if you like your apple mixture to be made from a sweet apple or a tart apple.
Another option is to do half sweet apples and half tart apples to give your apple jam recipe some balance.
How to Make Apple Pie Jam
1. Types of Jars
Mason jars are a great option if you plan on canning your apple pie jam for later. This will require jars, screw bands, and flat lids. You will need to look into the best ways to can or invest in a canning kit.
If you do not want to can for later, you can use any jar with a screw top lid. This will require you to refrigerate the jam and use immediately.
2. Gather Ingredients and Supplies
4 Large Apples
1/4 Cup Water
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Large Stockpot or Dutch Oven
Jars and Lids
* You can substitute white sugar for brown sugar if you prefer.
* The amount of sugar can be reduced or omitted if you do not want it as sweet
* Many recipes for jam require fruit pectin or powdered pectin, but this recipe does not require you to stir pectin in because of the long boiling time.
* Apple pie spice can be used in place of individual spices.
3. Sterilize Jars
You will need to prep your jars ahead of time, whether you're canning or not.
I wash jars and lids in hot soapy water before boiling to make sure I get clean jars and lids. Make sure to wipe jar rims to get them fully clean.
To sterilize, you will want to place jars and lids on a high heat in hot water and bring to a full rolling boil.
The goal is to have clean canning jars or regular jars to start the process.
Peel and slice your apples so you have small chunks. The apples will not reduce too much in size, so be sure to cut the apples to the desired size you would like them in your jam.
Place apples in the bottom your large pot.
Add all your ingredients into the pot with the apples and stir it so the apples are completely coated in the spices.
Cover your apples and let simmer for 30 - 40 minutes, or until your apples are soft and have turned a nice amber color. Be sure to stir your apples consistently to prevent sticking.
You can see in the picture below how much the apples cooked down.
Once the apples are ready, let the hot mixture cool for at least 5 minutes.
Ladle the apple pie mixture into your jars and follow canning instruction if you are canning. If you are not canning, you can close your jar lid and place in the refrigerator.
How to Eat Apple Pie Jam
One of the best things about apple pie jam is it can be eaten so many different ways.
Some of my favorites include:
Apple Pie filling
Topping on English muffins
Topping on Pancakes
Topping on Waffles
Topping on French toast
On a Sandwich with Grape or Strawberry Jam
Over Vanilla Ice Cream
It even tastes great right out of the jar!
This great homemade jam is the best when you use fresh apples and is one of the best canning recipes I've found even if you don't plan on canning.
There you have it, a delicious way to make homemade apple pie jam. This awesome apple pie jam is one of my favorite recipes and my kids love it.
If you are looking for a new option for your child, this apple pie jam will have them asking for more.
I would recommend keeping it in the refrigerator if you are not canning.
If you are looking for more food items for your child, check out our Well-Balanced & Kid-Approved School Lunch Ideas for the Picky Eater.
Have you made Apple Pie Jam?
Are there any spices or ingredients you substituted?
Let us know in the comments below!