A beautiful autumn day here, bright sunshine, 15 degrees, leaves starting to turn red ...
I was in the mood for my Autumn Wonder
which is a very special rose hip & roast apple marmelade, and started my day with preparing my this year's preserve.
about 1,5 - 2 kg of bright red rose hips
7 sour apples
about 800 g to 1 kg kg 1:1 jam sugar
First, prepare the rosehips by snipping off the stem and blossom ends with a sharp knife. They contain seeds in their hairy center, which we don't want in the jam, but what we also not want is to open each fruit to remove it (would take hours). So we put the rose hips in a pot and add water just to cover them, then boil them for an hour, if the is any water left, put away. That makes them weak enough for the next step.
Meanwhile, we prepare baked apples by washing them (do not peel!), removing the center, putting them into a casserole upright, filling the center with a piece of marzipane (small teaspoon per apple), a piece of butter and some brown sugar. Add some vanilla flavour, if you like, spread some cinnamon over the whole thing and put into the oven at 200 degrees C for roughly 50 minutes.
Now we throw the rose hips and the apples (with the juice from the casserole) into the "Flotte Lotte" (no idea how this machine is called in english, therefore the picture:
To get out all rose hip seeds, apple seeds and whatnot, you need to pass the whole fruit mass through the machine 3 times, using the 3 mm disk first, then the 2 mm disk, then the 1 mm disk.
At the end, you get a very smooth, bright red cream. Add the juice of the orange and the juice of the lemon (for the pektine). Then weigh the cream and add same weight of jam sugar. Bring to boil for at least 3 minutes, then fill into sterilzed twist off jam glasses. Wipe the rims clean with a damp paper towel and close the lids, then turn them upside down for some minutes (that will seal them and sterilize the lid).
Will give you about 5 glasses of jam, 300 ml each.
It's delicious, very special, and, although a lot of sugar is used, not overly sweet because of the citrus juices and the rose hips.