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Bakeapple Jam

Bakeapple Jam. Known elsewhere as Cloudberry Jam, this uniquely flavoured Newfoundland berry makes the most prized and coveted jam in only 2 ingredients.

Bakeapple Jam in a mason jar and spooned into a small glass dish

Bakeapple Jam. a.k.a. Cloudberry Jam

As I recently said when I posted a recipe for Easy Dulce de Leche, I am sometimes remiss in posting very simple recipe ideas. This one is another good example of that.

Bakeapples are what locals here call what are known as cloudberries in other parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including Scandinavia. First appearing as bright red raspberry look-alikes, they ripen into a golden amber color.

They have a sweet, slightly tart flavour that has hints of orange and apricot and is absolutely delicious.

Bakeapple Jam is the very simplest of recipes. It is basically only the berries and sugar.

Close Up photo of a container full of cloudberries a.k.a. bakeapples in Newfoundland

Close Up photo of a container full of cloudberries a.k.a. bakeapples in Newfoundland

What I fail to realize sometimes though, is that there is always a first time that folks make anything, including this jam. Without guidance you won’t know how much sugar or how long to cook it.

I am very comfortable with winging it when it comes to things like this, but not everyone is. I inevitably get emails and messages asking for advice. 

Bakeapples growing in the wild.

Bakeapples growing in the wild.

Such was the case again recently when I posted a photo on social media of a selection of Newfoundland Jam Tarts. I immediately began getting questions about the jams used in the photo.

Blueberry, Bakeapple and Partridgeberry Jam Tarts

Blueberry, Bakeapple and Partridgeberry Jam Tarts

I did have recipes for Blueberry Jam and Partridgeberry Jam added to the site, but after almost 13 years online, no Bakeapple Jam.

I also then realized if I wanted to post a recipe for the tarts specifically, I would need to reference a recipe for all of the jams.

So, to that end, I’ve decided to add it here today. I do use it in other recipes sometimes, like jam turnovers or everyone’s favourite Bakeapple Cheesecake.

Bakeapple Cheesecake side view of cheesecake

Bakeapple Cheesecake

The best way to make bakeapple jam.

The other reason for posting this simple recipe, is that there is not all that much to be found online about making bakeapple jam.

Some of what is out there is quite non-traditional. I have never used pectin in bakeapple jam, for example, not ever felt the need to.

Still other versions, are frankly undercooked and not properly bottled. If any recipe suggests not properly water processing jam bottles, I would NOT follow that suggestion.

Food safety is of the utmost importance and if you are going to make homemade preserves and jams, it is your responsibility to do it properly and safely.

Bakeapple Jam on toast with white coffee service in background

Bakeapple Jam. a.k.a. Cloudberry Jam

One of the best places to find this information is from the jar manufacturers themselves. I have recommended the Bernardin website many times over the years for their clear, concise information outlining proper safe procedures for bottling/canning jam.

I recommend reading all of the sections of their How-To Guide including the step by step instructions.

Recipes that call for cooking the berries for mere minutes is also not a good call, in my opinion. The berries do need time to stew and soften and for the sugar to penetrate the berries.

Jam close up photo of jam on toast

Bakeapple Jam. a.k.a. Cloudberry Jam

I have no objection to anyone adjusting the sugar amount to their personal taste. That isn’t an issue.

Undercooking the berries though, leaves them far too tart in my opinion and sort of raw tasing too. I just find it unpleasant and a waste of good berries.

Properly cooked jam should have a translucent, jewel-like depth. For me that is always the mark of a properly cooked jam.

Bakeapple Jam after boiling

Bakeapple Jam after boiling.

Bakeapple jam, so good in so many ways.

Of course, nothing beats bakeapple jam on your morning toast, or with clotted cream on a fresh from the oven scone or biscuit. 

Another favourite of mine is to swirl it through plain yogurt at breakfast or as a snack. I do that with all of my homemade jams.

Bakeapple jam added to plain yogurt with jam jar on the side

A delicious addition to your morning yogurt.

That’s a great idea because plain yogurt is cheaper first of all and you can control the amount of sugar in your jam. That amount is likely much lower than the fruit mixture they add to commercial, single serve yogurt.

Once you start using low sugar, real fruit jams in your yogurt, you won’t go back to the store bought fruit yogurt.

Bakeapple Jam swirled into plain yogurt

Bakeapple Jam swirled into plain yogurt.

On a sadder note, one of my beautiful bottles of jam suffered a terrible fate, as it was being added to the canning pot. Having to throw out something as good as this would bring a tear to a glass eye!

Bakeapple Jam jar broken in a stainless steel pot

How to break a Newfoundlander’s heart. Not to self: be super gentle adding these to the canning pot! 🙁

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Bakeapple Jam in a mason jar and spooned into a small glass dish
Yield: 3 cups (approximately) (1 Tbsp serving)

Bakeapple Jam

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Bakeapple Jam. Known elsewhere as Cloudberry Jam, this uniquely flavoured Newfoundland berry makes the most prized and coveted jam in only 2 ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Bakeapples (cloudberries)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
  • a few tbsp water (if necessary)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium sized pot. I find that a few tablespoons of water added to the pot, does help to break down the berries a little faster and possibly prevent burning during the early cooking process. Frozen berries are less likely to need this but I tend to add it all the time. It does no harm in either case.
  2. Slowly bring the pot to a gentle simmer over low to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, about every 5 minutes, so as to prevent scorching the jam on the bottom of the pot.
  3. The more berries you use, the longer it should cook in general. Cook a small batch like this for about a half hour, or until the berries have softened completely and most of the liquid has boiled off, leaving an easily spoonable jam. The jam will thicken slightly as it cools as well.
  4. Sterilize your mason jars and lids and water process the jam as directed in this canning guide.
  5. Store in a cool place for months afterward. Although, I can't see it lasting that long!

Notes

If you want to decrease the sugar, start with a half cup and taste the jam after about 15 minutes cooking to see if it is sweet enough to your taste. More sugar can be added at this point if necessary.

Nutrition Information

Yield

50

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 12Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Anne Bennett

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Recipe for Bakeapple jelly

Linda Hames

Thursday 19th of March 2020

I could not find the recipe/link for Homemade Clotted Cream. I want to add it to my recipes. Thank you.

Ann

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Where in the world do you get bake apples? It sounds marvelous. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks

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