About this recipe: Autumn is a special time of year in rural Hampshire and there is nothing we love more than gathering the last of the autumn apples from our trees and turning them into glorious jams that we can enjoy through the cold winter months. This apple jam strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart and can be enjoyed on toast, muffins or even in tarts and cakes.
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I've used this recipe several times in the last two months, but have tweaked it a bit! I was given a large crate of early apple windfalls and was looking for a recipe to make use of them! I found the recipe rather lemony when I checked part way through the first batch. I added more apples (softened hastily in microwave!) to adjust the flavour. My apples were fairly sweet so I used only 1kg with 1.6 kg apples. After the first batch, I kept those proportions but increased the cinnamon and nutmeg to half a teaspoon each. Everyone is thrilled with the jam, and it's definitely an excellent recipe. P.S. I've also done the recipe without straining the apples, and many people preferred the result. (I used a metal whisk to break down any big apple pieces when the apples were soft.) - 03 Oct 2013