Anyone who is well up on their jams, jellies and preserves will tell you that a preserve is something where the fruit is more whole than a mushier jam. I would of course agree with this but have you ever tried to ram a whole pumpkin into a jam jar? Possibly not. Now I could have called this Hot’n'Spicy Pumpkin Jam but you know the whole PP thing really got to me, so it just had to be Pumpkin Preserve. Huge appologies to all you preserve purists out there.
This is a great way of using up that omnipresent pumpkin, and this way you get to have the damn thing taking over the pantry for months to come.
Aaaargh, there is just no escape from the dreaded pumpkin!
I just used half of my pumpkin for this (we have gone through a few pumpkins this week what with one thing and another) and got 4 good sized jars of jam which is more than enough for the time being.
750g/1lb 11oz pumpkin
350g/12oz oranges (2 medium sized oranges)
350g/12oz lemons (3 large lemons)
40g/1 1/2oz fresh ginger
1 red chilli pepper medium sized
700g/1lb 9oz granulated sugar
Cut the pumpkin into chunks and cut off the peel, now cut into pieces abour 2cm square and toll into a large pot/preserving pan.
Slice the oranges and lemons into small pieces (peel and the inner flesh too) and add these to the pan.
Cut the skin from the fresh ginger root and grate it into the pan. Now finely chop the chilli (remove the seeds, we don’t want to go too over the top here) and toss this in too.
Add 600ml/1 pint of water and bring this to the boil. Now lower the heat and let it simmer away for almost an hour, or until all the citrus peel is very soft. The pumpkin will be really soft by then too.
Add the sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved. Raise the heat and bring it to the boil and keep it bubbling madly until it has really thickened so that when you put a spoonful on a saucer and run your finger (let it cool first!) through it, you get a clear channel and it doesn’t flow back together again.
Spoon into sterilised jars and seal.
This is so unbeleivably yummy. So far we have had it on toast, with cheese and crackers and on scones. Did I mention I had given up that silly diet I was on?