Are you wondering about the title? What the heck is conserve? Conserve is an old-fashioned sort of preserve that combines jam with nuts and spices. I like it on pancakes, or on top of ice cream. Spreading some on a muffin would not be a bad thing. Local blueberries are coming to an end, so I grabbed a flat and got busy.
Blueberry Conserve with Maple Syrup and Walnuts
4 cups blueberries
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Place blueberries, water, maple syrup, and lemon juice in a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer five minutes, stirring from time to time.
Stir in the sugar and cherries, then return to a boil. Reduce heat so the mixture keeps a nice gentle boil and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. You are not looking for a jelly set, just a soft set.
Remove from heat and add walnuts and allspice. Stir well.
Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Do not forget to label your jars.