Recently I was contacted about jam. Maggie Beer's Apricot Jam*, to be precise. Would I like to try some? Umm, yes please! After trialling and reviewing the delicious Maggie Beer Soup range (see my Review here), I was not passing this opportunity up!
From the Maggie Beer website: "A traditional preserve made with ripe, seasonal fruit. Apricot jam made this way should be given pride of place in an elaborate breakfast. Spread generously onto thick pieces of wholemeal toast with lashings of unsalted butter, slathered with jam so full of fruit that you need to press it down to make it stay on the toast."
The only disappointment with this Maggie Beer Apricot Jam is that the jar isn't big enough! The taste is sweet, delicious and bursting with flavour. The consistency is chunky, thick and resplendent with large, juicy apricot pieces. The apricots in this jam are so big I actually think they're full-sized or possibly halved apricots. Never before have I experienced a jam that contains such large pieces of fruit. Can a product taste gourmet? I don't know, but this jam just tastes yummy and better than the usual jams you buy from the supermarket.
The ingredients in this product are Fresh Apricot (49%), Sugar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Vegetable Gum (Pectin).
Maggie Beer also makes Burnt Fig Jam and Raspberry & Pomegranate Jam and sells a trio called Jam Packed which contains Seville Marmalade. Interestingly, Jam Packed costs $29.90, but if you buy the three products it contains separately you'll only pay $29.85. That's five cents cheaper! Get onto this anomaly, Maggie Beer team! LOL.
How do you like your jam? Scones with jam and cream were met with great enthusiasm in my house, especially with thick Dollop cream. Yum! I also tried out this Apricot Jam on hot crumpets and English Muffins for breakfast, which made my mornings a bit special compared to the usual Vegemite on toast.
I found this recipe for Apricot Jam Fool With Almond And Rosemary Crisp on the Maggie Beer website and thought I'd include it for the Masterchefs out there!
|Photo Credit: photo taken from the Maggie Beer website|
Apricot Jam Fool With Almond And Rosemary Crisp
(recipe courtesy of maggiebeer.com.au)
2/3 cup mascarpone
1 cup thickened cream
1/2 cup Apricot Jam
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup flaked almonds
1 tspn rosemary, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. To make the almond crisp, place the Verjuice, brown sugar, almonds and rosemary in a bowl and toss to combine.
3. Spread the almond mixture evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
4. Bake for 9 minutes then rotate the tray and cook for another 9 minutes, watching to make sure the sugar does not burn.
5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool, then break into shards.
6. Place the thickened cream into a mixing bowl and whisk until a soft peak. Fold through the mascarpone until combined.
7. To serve place ½ the cream mixture into the serving glasses then add ½ of the jam.
8. Repeat the layers finishing with apricot jam on the top.
9. Place shards of the almond and rosemary crisp on top along with rosemary to garnish
Apricot Jam is available from the Maggie Beer website, $9.95 for 285g.
*Disclaimer: This product was provided for consideration. No payment was received. Apricot Fool recipe and photo credit to the Maggie Beer website. This review is my honest opinion, as always.
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