Apple Chai Spice Jam

by | Sep 26, 2013 | 21 comments

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Everything in life has a purpose. There is a multi-gazillion dollar industry built on that very fact. A car is for driving and not scuba diving. A hat is to wear and not use as a fish bowl. A frying pan is to fry eggs and not play tennis. But there are loopholes to these rules and imagine finding a legitimate one which really works. How happy and proud will you feel? Like using a pantyhose (clean and brand new) to strain your chicken stock! Or using egg cartons to transport cupcakes! Or using your rice cooker to cook jam!

 

Apples - Food Photography & Styling, Sneh Roy

 

If an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, a crowded mind is an industrious beehive. Mine is a beehive with ideas running amok for no rhyme or reason. Often I don’t even pretend to catch the thread of an idea because there are so many. But just once, I will reach out and grab one by it’s tail and peruse it further. 

A few weeks ago I was sent a Sunbeam Rice And Risotto perfect by the good guys at The Good Guys (see how that works? :-)) as part of the VOICES Of Australia 2013 Food & Lifestyle Blogger Challenge set by Kidspot. My secret ingredient was Spices and I was meant to use the rice cooker and spices in an innovative manner. We are voracious rice eaters in this family. We could write a thesis on rice cookers. We have demolished many a rice cooker over the past 20 years due to overuse. Now I have cooked rice in pressure cookers, in saucepans, in frying pans, in microwave containers and in clay pots in the oven. But my favourite way to cook rice is still the rice cooker because it is ridiculously easy. I have owned this Sunbeam Rice Cooker in the past but it now comes with an ingenious Risotto function (squeals with delight!) which I cannot wait to explore to the fullest. This is a great rice cooker and one of the main reasons I love it so much is that the rice bowl comes out completely and can be taken straight to the dinner table. I have now cooked 6 different kinds of rice dishes with this and they were all great. But let me tell you about what I cooked in this nifty little kitchen appliance for the challenge.

 

Rice Cooker Apple Jam With Chai Spices

 

Chai Spices - Cook Republic 

I ground some of my favourite spices in a mortar and pestle and cooked a beautiful Apple Chai Jam in the rice cooker. And even though we are in the middle of a hot spring in Australia, I could close my eyes and feel the chill of autumn as the beautiful smells of granny smith apples and chai spices cooking in the cooker wafted through my home. This is that loophole I was talking about. Imagine being able to cook jam in a non stick cooking contraption without having to stir it to death or be afraid of it sticking and burning. Pretty awesome eh? I used the risotto function on the Sunbeam cooker, it cooked for about 40 minutes and just to mix it well I gave it a couple of stirs after which it turned off by itself and kept my jam warm. I was giddy with happiness. I used granny smith apples (green apples) because they are tart but you could use any apples you want.

How To Make Rice Cooker Apple Chai Spice Jam  

 

Apple Chai Spice Jam - Sneh Roy, Photography & Styling

 

Apple Chai Spice Jam - Cook Republic

 

How To Make Apple Chai Spice Jam - Cook Republic

 

Apple Chai Spice Jam - Cook Republic

 

Now if you are in colder parts of the world, you can used this beautiful Apple Chai Spice Jam on your hot porridge in the mornings, as a chutney for your pies, as a base for your crumbles and as something sweet to spike your meat stews. If you live where the weather is starting to get warm, you can use this jam to blend in your morning smoothies, to top your bowl of yoghurt and granola and to stir through home made ice creams. And no matter where in the world you are, this would make a great Christmas present! And don’t forget to use this method when you make any kind of jam. Strawberry, peach, and even mixed fruit!

 

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APPLE CHAI SPICE JAM

A beautiful apple jam cooked with chai spices in the rice cooker. A quick sweet treat to give away for Christmas or to top your oats, granola, yoghurt or ice creams.

Makes – Makes 500g

 

Ingredients

4 large granny smith apples (850g)
6 cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 star anise pod
juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup raw sugar

 

Method

Peel, core and dice apples. Place them in the bowl of the rice cooker (I used Sunbeam Risotto And Rice Perfect). Place cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and star anise in a mortar and grind using a pestle until crushed fine.

Add the spice mix to the apples along with the lemon juice and sugar. Mix well using a wooden spoon. Cover with the lid of the rice cooker and put the rice cooker on the Risotto function. Give it a stir with the wooden spoon a couple of times. The rice cooker will switch off cooking and change to the Keep Warm mode automatically after approximately 40 minutes (If it doesn’t, switch it off after 40 minutes and allow the jam to cool slightly).

Fill warm jam in a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to a week. If you want to preserve it, this is a good article on how to sterilise jars and bottles

 

My Notes 

If you are in colder parts of the world, you can used this beautiful Apple Chai Spice Jam on your hot porridge in the mornings, as a chutney for your pies, as a base for your crumbles and as something sweet to spike your meat stews. If you live where the weather is starting to get warm, you can use this jam to blend in your morning smoothies, to top your bowl of yoghurt and granola and to stir through home made ice creams. And no matter where in the world you are, this would make a great Christmas present!

 

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COMMENTS

21 Comments
  1. Katie

    I love that this can be made in a rice cooker! Is there anything one could use to replace the sugar (rice bran syrup?) for those of us who are on sugar-free diets?

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    • Sneh

      Katie, you can totally substitute with rice bran syrup, I imagine it will be a lovely consistency too. Just remember to stir it once in a while! Cheers! x

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  2. Rosa

    A wonderful jam! I love all those spices.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Deepa@onesmallpot

    Genius! Love this……I would probably be eating spoonfuls of this out of the jar 🙂

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  4. Shema | LifeScoops

    Love spiced jams and this apple jam is so prefect for the fall and the winter. Lovely pics as usual 🙂

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  5. sharna

    Is there any way to make this on the stove if you don’t have a rice cooker?

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    • Sneh

      Yes, you could also make this on the cooktop in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat. You will just have to stir more and be careful it doesn’t stick and burn. Cheers!

      Reply
  6. Coco in the Kitchen

    Apples as a jam, very unusual and delicious. I love the chai spices. Gotta make this!

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  7. Gaby

    Great recipe and also great ideas on how to use the jam, thanks!

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  8. Karen @ Lemon Grove Cake Diaries

    Wow that is genius I can’t believe that you cooked jam in a rice cooker. The combination of spices with the apples sounds magic!

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    • Sneh

      I was so happy when it turned out great especially with stone fruit season around the corner. Lot of jamming this summer!

      Reply
  9. Valentine

    This sounds so good!!!! I have a rice cooker, but without the risotto presets. Is it still possible to use it if we stir it often? Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    • Sneh

      Absolutely!

      Reply
  10. Sharon

    Could you tell us what the shelf life is?

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  11. IshitaUnblogged

    Was curious about this peculiar combination and now I am convinced that this not only works but is actually going to taste pretty awesome. Am glad that I discovered your creative playground 🙂

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  12. amyww

    could you also make this in a slow cooker? Also if can I substitute brown sugar instead of raw sugar (we don’t get it very often here)

    This would make the perfect christmas present 🙂

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  13. Andrea

    Hi, Sneh,
    it sounds great, I love apples and combination with chai spices must be excellent. I will try it this afternoon, as we have had minimally tvo boxes of apples since fall.
    Btw, your name -Sneh, is great. I am Slovak living in Prague and in slovak sneh means ” snow”. And winter snow is one of the most beautiful and magic things in our world. ….Iam a passionate skier! 😀

    Reply

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