A friend of our has a couple cherry trees that have had a bumper crop this year. Have you noticed how well the fruit trees are bearing? All this rain and warm weather have made for the perfect growing conditions here in Michigan and as luck would have it, my friend's tree made lots and lots of beautiful sour cherries.
So many that she felt the need to share.
Sharing is good:>)
I believe Earl and I have decided to plant cherry trees. Our friend brought us a lovely gift of cherries Sunday and I was determined to make cherry jam. I found a wonderful recipe on Pinterest for a simple sour cherry jam containing only sour cherries and sugar.
It's fantastic. Sweet enough to enjoy, but with plenty of tart cherry flavor. I had a jar of vanilla sugar in the pantry and decided to use it in the recipe. I think it added a little something extra but it certainly wouldn't be necessary if you don't have some hanging around. The recipe is from a blog called Simple Bites that looks like a fun foodie blog that I intend to explore more in the near future.
The recipe for this jam is here, but it's really just 6 cups of tart cherries (pitted of course!) and 2 1/2 cups of sugar boiled together (stir it a lot) for 20-40 minutes until it thickens and starts to gel when a spoonful is poured onto a very cold plate and refrigerated for a couple minutes. If it starts to thicken and wrinkle when you run a finger through the cooled spoonful it's ready to put in jars. It makes about 3 cups. I made several very small jars for gifts and will keep a jar for ourselves.
It's super easy and super good.
Do you make jam? What's your favorite kind?