The strawberry season has started in the UK and we’re loving it – fresh British Strawberries in the shops as well as a little adventure going strawberry picking with the kids and it’s perfect for this week’s Cooking with Kids A to Z post which is J is for Jam. A couple of years ago I started making our own Jams, Chutneys and Preserves and we now regularly make our own, the kids and my hubby love them as there is something extra nice about the taste that you just don’t get with store bought Jams. So today I’m sharing my homemade Jam recipe and a quick cookie that you can make with the kids.
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One of the things that we have that makes Jam making extra easy is a Jam Maker, it makes it safer to make with the kids and more precise as well – I have tried Jam making on the stove but was a complete disaster using our Jam Maker every Jar that I’ve made from Strawberry Jam, to Cranberry and Orange and even our own Marmalade that I used in the Paddington Bear Marmalade Cake has come our perfect.
Ingredients for Making Homemade Jam and using it in Jam Thumbprint Cookies
For the Jam
Ingredients for the Jam Thumbprint Cookies
225g Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 Medium Egg
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Jam Making with Kids
Using our Jam Maker we set about getting the kids to weigh out the different ingredients for the Jam – we used Sugar Cubes this time as literally any sugar can be used with strawberries, sugar cubes are easy for the kids to handle.
Then we squeezed the lemon and put everything into the jam maker and set it, according to the instructions.
Whilst it was working we washed the jam jars and put them into a hot oven to sterilise. When the jam was ready and we tested it to see if it would set we poured it into the contains and left it to cool down whilst the children played.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
We line our cookie trays witgreaseproofof paper or silicone coated parchment paper as find that these prevent the cookies from sticking especially with some of our trays that are aging.
With kids I like to use digital scales as well as more traditional scales. This help them to read numbers especially when they are learning to count and measure.
Some of the skills of cooking like rubbing butter and flour together to make a bread crumb texture are useful to teach early. This same method is used in our Rhubarb Crumble.
The kids loved making their thumbprints in the cookie dough.
You don’t have to use our homemade Strawberry Jam recipe to make these storebought Jam is good as well.
Strawberry Jam & Jam Sploggers
Homemade Strawberry Jam
- 1 kg Strawberries
- 200 ml Water
- 800 g Sugar Cubes
- Juice from 1 lemon
Homemade Strawberry Jam
- Weight ingredients
- Chop up strawberries very small
- Add to the jam maker
- Programme according to instructions
- Sterilise jars
- Pour into Jars and allow to cool
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C
- Mix the flour and salt together
- Rub in the butter to make a breadcrumb type mixture
- Add the sugar and stir
- Beat the egg and add mix to a stiff dough
- Split and roll into walnut size cookies
- Place on a cookie sheet
- Press your thumb into the top of each cookie
- Fill the depression with the jam
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until Golden Brown
- Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy
Love this recipe – Grow your own Strawberries to Make it Next Year
Grow your own strawberries with this simple kit – you won’t need a lot of space when you use this stacking plant set which will contain 20 strawberry plants.
Buy the strawberry plants this set contains 20 plants and has a good yield even in the first year.
More J is for Jam recipes from the cooking with kids blog team
Strawberry Jam and Jam Splogger Cookies – YOU ARE HERE
Super Simple Microwave Strawberry Jam – Still Playing School
Orange Strawberry Jam Surprise Muffins – The Educators’ Spin On It
Jam and Cream Cheese Bites – Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Jam and Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip – Sugar Aunts
Jam Tarts – Mum in the Madhouse
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.