blueberry conserve

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.

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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.

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Author: terri.pena

Terri lives in Edmonds Washington where she writes, cans, cooks, reads, and imbibes, sometimes to excess.

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