Bread and Jam for Frances is part of a great children's book series, but I love it because my daughters and I always loved bread and jam for snacks. Unlike Frances, my kids were adventurous eaters, but for study snacks on Saturday and Sunday the order of the day was bread and jam—plus a little fruit here and there. We would sometimes repeat the great Frances songs about the pleasures of bread and jam.
I got to really love jams when I was a student in Oxford. All those wonderful British jams, especially damson jam. I have to say I've been sorely disappointed trying to get good jams at farmers' markets around D.C. So when I went on vacation at a house with a raspberry patch in the back, I decided to see if I could make great jam.
I found the perfect raspberry jam recipe at food.com. Best of all, it requires only two ingredients: fruit and sugar. No pectin. You can vary the sugar to get more tartness. The jam is very fruity—you can really get the berry flavor.
1. Take three cups of raspberries. Place in large pot and mash and mash and mash. (This is a great job for kids.) Be sure the pot is much larger than the quantity of berries: a six-quart pot is perfect.
2. At the same time, place a large pot of water on to boil for sterilizing jam jars.