Kelli at The Domestically Impaired Guide to the Retro Kitchen Arts has some great recipes, including two that I recently tried. Her Strawberry, Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper Jam has become our favorite and I just made a second batch. The only changes I made to the recipe were to use dark balsamic vinegar and reduce the pepper to 1/2 teaspoon. The balsamic vinegar gives this jam a deep, rich flavor.
Her Watermelon, Mango and Black Pepper Jelly is completely different from anything I’ve tried. This calls for Mango Rum which I had never tasted but was able to find in my local wine shop. Here again, I reduced the pepper to 1/2 teaspoon because I wanted to use it as a spread for toast, biscuits, etc. In each case, I used freshly grated pepper and there is no taste of it at all – it just enhances the natural flavor of the jam and jelly.
I had to sample some of each on a toasted homemade roll for my breakfast this morning.
On Kelli’s blog, note that she has some canning recipe books for sale to use on the Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle (or have a Nook like I do), the book can be read on your computer.