Author Notes: This jam makes a great homemade Christmas gift, not to mention it's a great way to get a Brandy Old Fashioned in with your breakfast judgement free. Cherry preserves with orange and a hint of brandy and Angostura bitters. Put that on your toast. —Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch
Makes: 4 cups
cups pitted cherries (frozen cherries are your best bet around the holidays. I recommend using a mix of half sweet and half tart cherries)
cup freshly squeezed orange juice
tablespoons grated orange zest
cup brown sugar
teaspoons Angostura bitters
- Place cherries, orange juice, and orange zest in a large pot over medium high heat. Cook until cherries are soft and releasing juice, about 10-15 minutes.
- Transfer jam to a blender, or use an immersion blender to blend most of the cherries into a smoother consistency. If desired, you can leave a few whole cherries in there for added texture. Return blended cherries to medium high heat.
- Add the sugars and stir to mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil and continue cooking over medium high heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens, about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in the brandy and bitters. Ladle jam into jars and seal tightly. Jam will keep in refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Edible Gift