Monday, June 26, 2006

Call me Martha!

The kids absolutely loooove strawberry jam...they mix it in milk and joghurt,
put it on toast and ice cream and they especially like it as a swiss roll filling so I need quite a lot of it. After reading that most brands have 80% poor quality apples and pears and only 20% strawberries in them I decided to make my own. I went to Erdbeerland (these are huge fields of strawberries belonging to local farmers, you can pick them yourself and while you´re there, eat as many as you like - the ones you take home are weighed and you pay 2€ per kilo) I picked 7 kilos of strawberries, bought some sugar and 2 hours later - 22 glasses of strawberry marmelade. I might just put some little fabric tops, ribbons and labels on them so they´ll look all special in my pantry.

Swiss Roll Recipe
Preheat oven to 160°, line a shallow baking tray with baking paper.
Beat 4 eggs with 150g sugar until thick.
Sieve 150g of self-raising flour (or 150g plain flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder)
on top of the egg mixture and use a large metal spoon to mix.
Spread the cake mix onto the baking tray and bake for 15-20 mintues, if you push the cake a little with your finger and it springs back then it´s ready. Spread with your favourite marmalade and roll up while still warm. Let it cool and serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit.


Kristine said...

That's pretty cool! I have always wanted to make jams and jellies. Our neighbors gave us a huge basket of concord grapes last year and I wanted to make grape jelly but never did it. Maybe it'll happen this year. Who knows?

Colorsonmymind said...

Strawberry jam in milk? I will have to see if that will help getting my son to drink milk:)

How long did it take you?

Did you use a lot of special equipment?

What a beautiful success!

deirdre said...

I was just thinking today about making strawberry jam. There's a stand about half a mile from my house where they sell the best, best berries I've ever had. Yum.

chest of drawers said...

colorsonmymind : it took me about an hour to pick the berries and about 2 hours to make all the marmelade - here in Austria you can buy sugar with a natural pectin mixed in to make the jam thicken. You boil a kilo of strawberries with half a kilo of sugar for 6 minutes and fill it into clean glasses while still hot and that´s it.

jorth said...


Have you tried strawberry and rhubarb compote? It's the BEST!

Mirre said...

Yummy!! And so cheap :)

African Kelli said...

It is absolutely killing me that you live so far away and I can't invite myself over. Wow. So beautiful and delish! It's like I can almost smell them all from here!

Laini said...

Yum yum! That sounds so good. Berries are one of my favorite things about summer!

Mijk said...

Hey Martha,
Thanks for the recipe.We are drowning in straberry jam here so any recipe makes us happy and this sound very very delicious.

Ally Bean said...

Oh yum-diddly-yum! I haven't had homemade strawberry jam in years.

And I love the idea of filling the jelly roll with strawberry. It just goes to show you how locked into things I can get that it never occurred to me not to put raspberry jam in a jelly roll. *duh*

Frankie said...

Oooo how fun!! I'd LOVE to make my own jam! I'll certainly have to try that. They're fabulous pictures...I love that burst of red!

carla leal said...

yum, yum...i wan't some ;)