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Windfall Apple & Cider Jelly

prep 25 mins, plus straining cook 45–55 mins
  • 2.5 kg (5 lb) windfall apples, weighed after cutting away any bruised areas
  • 500 ml (17 fl oz) dry cider
  • 900 ml (1½ pints) water
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • about 1 kg (2 lb) granulated sugar
  • 15 g (½ oz) butter (optional)

Wash and roughly chop the apples, without peeling or coring first. Add to a preserving pan with the cider, measurement water and lemon rind. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring and mashing the fruit from time to time with a fork, until soft.

Allow to cool slightly, then pour into a scalded jelly bag suspended over a large bowl and allow to drip for several hours.

Measure the clear liquid and pour back into the rinsed preserving pan. Weigh 500 g (1 lb) sugar for every 600 ml (1 pint) of liquid, then pour into the preserving pan. Heat gently, stirring from time to time, until the sugar has dissolved.

Bring to the boil, then boil rapidly until setting point is reached (15–25 minutes). Skim with a draining spoon or stir in butter if needed.

Ladle into warm, dry jars, filling to the very top. Cover with screw-top lids, or with waxed discs and cellophane tops secured with elastic bands. Label and leave to cool.

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