Spreading the love: Finding the right jam for your cake

Jam review

The annual Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning is fast approaching on 27th September, and it’s time to get creative in the kitchen! Since The Great British Bake Off has landed on our screens and in our hearts, there has been a rise in home bakers in the UK. Following intricate bread, biscuit and pastry recipes has never been so popular!

Whether you enjoy baking a fruity breakfast loaf, dainty cakes for afternoon tea or a classic dessert – we all love a slice of cake and making one is all part of the fun.

If you’re planning on bringing a cake to your local coffee morning, why not pair your baked good with a layer of deliciously fruity jam? To help you decide, we’ve rounded up our four favourite jams and spreads to offer some inspiration in the kitchen. Which cake will you bake this week?

Jam review

Cottage Delight Original Strawberry Whole Fruit Jam

Description: Plump and juicy whole strawberries are used to create this award winning and luxuriously fruity preserve. Made in small batches with no artificial additives, this delicious jam is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.

Why we love it: The whole strawberries add a lovely textural contrast to the smooth jam, which we love!

Serving suggestion: Slather over warm buttered toast, add to your morning porridge or spread over a classic Victoria Sponge.

Recipe idea: Strawberry Jam Cookies

Ann & Frank’s Cambridge Speciality Raspberry Jam

 Description: This jam uses Cambridge grown organic ‘treasure’ raspberries, which are gently cooked in small batches to create a delicious rich conserve with pips.

Why we love it: We love its tartness and thick texture – the perfect jam for scones!

Serving suggestion: Pair with clotted cream to create a classic fruity scone, add to your weekend pancake stack or go American with peanut butter & jam flavours.

Recipe idea: Lemon Raspberry Cake

Streamline Less Sugar Blackcurrant Jam

Description: This blackcurrant jam may have less sugar, but it still packs a punch! Made from the plumpest, juiciest blackcurrants to create a tart but delicious preserve.

Why we love it: The super smooth texture makes it perfect for spreading over fresh bread. We also love the deep jewel colour – very autumnal!

Serving suggestion: Combine with a pear tart for a sophisticated dessert, serve with yoghurt and baked figs for breakfast or layer with an almond sponge to make a winter bake.

Recipe idea: Blackberry Bakewell Squares

Forest Bounty 100% Fruit Spread Apricot

Description: Made with 80% fruit and only sweetened with apple juice. This intensely fruity spread has delighted the Great Taste Judges giving this product 2 Gold Stars 2018.

Why we love it: We love how this is healthier than traditional jam, meaning we can eat more without feeling guilty!

Serving suggestion: This healthy fruit spread is a great addition to your breakfast, complements cakes and bakes, and is delicious mixed with ice cream.

Recipe idea: Apricot & Yoghurt Loaf Cake

Jam review