We could apologise for disappearing, we could grovel and beg you to forgive us…

…or, we could give you jam!

The hedgerows are bursting with blackberries which we usually turn into a crumble or blackberry and apple pie. We’ve always fancied ourselves as jam makers, but were put off by mention of thermometers and sterilizing equipment. But after some experimentation we bring you a quick and easy jam recipe, that makes small amounts in mere minutes!


You will need:



A lemon or lime

A microwave proof jug

A spoon


  • Pick some blackberries, a bowlful is perfect.
  • Wash them – a good way is to fill the bowl of berries with water, swirl, rinse and repeat 2 or 3 times.
  • Weigh the berries, then weigh out the same amount of sugar. Granulated sugar is fine for this recipe.
  • Tip the berries in to a microwave proof jug.


  • Squeeze in a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice.
  •  Microwave the berries for about 2 to 3 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is).


  • The berries should be all hot and squishy, now stir in your sugar until it is completely dissolved.


  • Put the jam mixture back in the microwave and keep cooking (for bursts of a minute to a minute and a half) and then stirring.
  • Do this 4 or 5 times, keep an eye on it as it can bubble over and make quite a mess otherwise!
  • Please remember, the jam is VERY hot, take care when stirring.


  • Pour the jam in to a small tub or bowl and leave to set. As this recipe contains little pectin (an ingredient that helps jam set, it naturally occurs in citrus fruits – hence the lemon or lime juice), it will be quite runny. If you can bear to leave it over night it will set to a more syrupy, sticky consistency – perfect on toast for your breakfast!


We hope you enjoy this delicious jam! This makes a fairly small amount that should last you a couple of days. Stay tuned for our next crafty make 😀