Monday, March 28, 2011

Five Spice Cider Jelly

A jelly that tastes like Christmas? Yes, please.
Five Spice Cider Jelly recipe from cherryteacakes.com
I am back! I was planning to save this recipe for a time closer to the fall, and real Christmas, but after the 50 hours of airports, planes, delays, and lost bags that I had, I wanted a little more comfort food in my life. Apple five spice jelly on toast? VERY comforting, especially when you add in a rainy night, blankets, a cup of tea, and watching cheesy 80s movies with Butchie. We didn't bake on Monday night. Just caught up, laughed, and watched movies, that took every ounce of my reserve to stay awake through after a long trip back.

Oregon was a fantastic time. Getting too or from was less than ideal. My luggage never made it me at all. In fact, I hadn't seen it until yesterday. Good thing I am the same size as my sisters and that my littlest sister was VERY excited to dress me up. She chose excellently. But, there are some articles of clothing that ought not be shared, so, oh darn, you just have to send three sisters on shopping trips! The man at the make up counter (wearing false eyelashes and splendid eye make up. I mean phenomenal) truly understood my pain. His incredibly sincere gasp and utter dismay at having lost ALL my make up was just what I needed, and gave my sister a good laugh. United Airlines customer service may not understand how infuriated I was, but a MAC employee knows this pain, especially when I told him I was there for my sister's beauty pageant. Horror.

Having gotten a new dress and make up I was ready to go support the star of our family that night. My sweet-hearted sister was A-MAIZE-ING. (Um, yes, that was a not so inside joke. We all happen to laugh greatly at the movie Grown Ups). She sang and played the piano and was the only beauty queen not prancing around in next to no clothing, which as a big sister, I really appreciate! She had all the right attitudes about the pageant, and I'm very proud of her resolve after not winning "I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me." They're song lyrics, and to counter her I'll rearrange some other lyrics : Don't be a queen, just be a beauty. And that she is. Watching her sing and play piano for Taylor Swifts Back to December in a beautiful ball gown will always be a treasure memory of her.

The trip was wonderful, despite leaving me dead tired, after too many flight cancellations and delays, I wouldn't trade a moment of it. Well, I might trade the moment when my sister went to hit me with a pillow, lost her grip and socked me in the eye. No, not even that. It's too funny to tease her about! It was a wonderful time.

Cheers to my sisters and to some lovely comfort food after a long trip!

Five Spice Cider Jelly


1 quart apple cider
1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon five spice powder (cassia cinnamon, cloves, star anise, anise seed, and ginger)
7 half pint jars, lids, and rings

Preheat oven to 200. Place jars, lids and rings on a cookie sheet in the oven, and leave for at least 20 minutes.

In a large sauce pan combine the apple cider, pectin, and lemon juice, over high heat. Stir constantly. When the mixture boils, quickly stir in sugar. Continue stirring until the mixture boils for 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Skim off any foam that may have formed on the top of the jelly. Stir in the five spice powder before you pour the hot jelly into sterilized jars. Be sure to leave a fourth of an inch from the top unfilled.

Put lids and rings onto the jars, wiping off any jelly that may have gotten on the sides. Seal firmly and invert, lid side down on the counter for one hour. Return to right-side-up and store.  Once opened keep refrigerated. 

18 comments:

  1. I find Jam very comforting too. That sounds amazing!

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  2. What fun with your sister! I can imagine so many ways to use this fantastic jelly.

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  3. I love five spice flavor. My toast needs this topping...possibly even my pancakes. ;)

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  4. This sounds very christmassy! This would be amazing with some freshly-picked orchard apples! Glad you had a fun weekend!

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  5. This looks wonderful. I'm bookmarking the recipe. Thank you!

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  6. Such a unique jam! My husband is obsessed with 5 Spice and it would delight him to know end if I made your jelly. I recently tried to make apple juice for apple jelly (we had many, many apples and were out of cider or juice) and it was an epic fail. I'll try jelly again, likely with cider from our friend's farm.

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  7. This looks and sounds delicious!

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  8. oh YUM.... keeping this to make with quince!

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  9. My no-knead bread will love to have this on its sliced airy surface! And I just love the color of this jam! Thanks for this recipe!

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  10. I'm sending my sister a link to this. She will love it!

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  11. This sounds fantastic. Sorry that your sister didn't win, but if truth we told, she sounds like she was too good to win. What a wonderful attitude she has.

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  12. I think this sounds absolutely delicious, and I for one am glad you didn't wait to post this!

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  13. Why do you seal it upside down?

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  14. That song you mention, reminds me of Selena Gomez and the Scene song "Who Says" ! :)

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  15. This is on my list for the first fresh cider this coming fall! I can taste it already.

    Jason

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  16. OK, I know I'm late to this party but what a FABULOUS recipe.

    My stepfather's family has an orchard (Averill Farm, Washington, CT) so I have access to lots of apples and delicious cider and I'm always looking for some new and different way to prepare the apples. Adding this to my repertoire. Tweeted your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. I used organic apple-cherry cider (strained through a coffee filter) and the apple jelly recipe on the pectin box to make this. It was your idea of adding Chinese 5-spice powder that turned this into the best jelly I have ever made! Thanks for the inspiration.

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