Tuesday, 1 November 2011
I just love it when a young entrepreneur has a great idea and is able to make something of it. Such was the case of a young lad from Scotland, Frazer Doherty, who was taught how to make jam by his Scottish gran when he was 14 years old. Somehow he managed to market it and since then has gone on to sell millions of pots of the stuff. He calls it Super Jam.
I was sent several jars to try out recently and I have to say . . . I am not surprised! It's fabulous jam, and best of all it is not made with sugar, but grape juice. It also makes good use of the so called "Super Foods" such as cranberries and blueberries, which truly makes it a super jam in ever sense of the word.
We love jam in this house and if our jam can be that little bit healthier for us so much the better and I have to say with all honesty I was very impressed with this jam. I was sent a bottle of Strawberry, a bottle of Raspberry and Cranberry, and a bottle of Blueberry and Black Currant. I love that is is all fruit and all natural. I also loved that it is quite, quite delicious!
I am always cooking with jam as well (as you know) so I took the opportunity to use some of it in these tasty Flakey Jam Rolls . . . deliciously flakey and buttery puff pastry spread with jam and nuts and rolled up and baked. Oh my but they are some good too.
I used the Raspberry and Cranberry Jam in these and they were absolutely scrumdiddlyumptious. I have a confession though . . . it wasn't until I had them in the oven that I realized that I had used a box of short crust pastry instead of the puff pastry . . . but nevermind, they turned out fabulous anyways! Kind of like Pop Tarts but without the icing. I love it when my mistakes turn out incredibly edible!
We have enjoyed the two other jams on our toast and crumpets and they are also quite scrummy. Many thanks to Nell for sending me these tasty jams to try out. If you would like to know more about the Super Jam company and Fraser Doherty hop on over to their page. There are all sorts of tasty tidbits there . . . including a Super Jam Cookery Book, and a cool iphone app!
Flakey Jam rolls
Buttery, delicious and flakey jam rolls. Need I say more???
One sheet of all butter puff pastry, defrosted according to package instructions
1/4 - 1/2 cup jam, heated to loosen (I like to use raspberry or strawberry)
Scant handful dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Melted butter for basting
Granulated sugar and demerara sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with some baking parchment paper. Set aside.
Place the defrosted pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Dust the surface lightly with granulated sugar. Brush with some of the butter and use a fork to prick pastry in 4 or 5 different places. Spread the warmed jam evenly over top. Scatter the top with the walnuts and cranberries. Cut into six rectangles and roll each rectangle up horizontally like a jelly roll. Place on the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Brush with more melted butter and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake for 15 minutes until pastry is puffed and golden. Allow to cool before eating. Store in an airtight container.