Handmade gifts: Black Current & cracked Pepper Jam

These gorgeous Black Currents were picked from our good friend’s garden. I was so excited to make this versatile jam/preserve. Enjoy with cheese, on buttered toast or with cream on a Pavlova. You can also use it in a tart. So easy and delicious! Gift or enjoy! A ‘must have’ in every pantry!


1 kg Black Currents

1 kg Caster sugar

¼ cup water

Juice of 1 Lemon

3 tbsp cracked black Pepper


You will also need a candy thermometer

Sterilized jars

Makes approx. 1½ kg of Jam



  • Pick the stalks off the Black Currents and ensure there are no traces of twigs and leaves. Lightly crush about half the black currents.
  • Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Mix well.
  • Once the mixture starts to boil, insert the Candy thermometer. Cook until the mixture reaches 105°C or 220°F. Once done, while still hot, spoon the jam into clean, sterilised jars and seal immediately.
  • Enjoy or gift!



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