Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cinnamon Anise Jelly

I am on the Christmas count down.
I know it is only the beginning of November, but I have to get crackin' if I want a chance at finishing a handmade Christmas.
So, today my house smells divine!
Cinnamon, apples, and anise...oh dear!
My Mom is Dutch and the Dutch LOVE anise and use it in so many creative ways, so this recipe had "me" written all over it.
 I am excited to give it away in sweet packages to neighbors and friends this season.

Picture taken using Lara's techniques at Modern Prairie Girl.

Here is the recipe taken from the Ball Canning Book.

Cinnamon Anise Jelly
Yields about 3 half-pints.

2 cups apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon anise seed
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 pouch liquid pectin

Put apple juice in a large sauce pot. Tie spices in a spice bag {I just used a piece of light muslin}. Add spice bag to apple juice; simmer 10 minutes. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring to a boil; stirring frequently. Stir in liquid pectin. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Remove spice bag. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust 2 piece caps. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

I have to tell you that this jelly tastes like no other. It is the PERFECT blend of sweet, tart, and spice! I am thinking about complimenting it with fresh scones. Yum!


I am sharing this recipe HERE.


Ashley said...

Both sides of my family are from Holland! You are SO right on they love anise :) Ever had anise candy? :)
I can not WAIT to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE cinnamon. Just bought a candle today with it :) Please come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings if you have a chance :)

Stacy of KSW said...

Thanks so much for sharing, this recipe sounds wonderful & cost effective :) I'm hoping for more of a handmade holiday this year too and this gift is floating to the top of my list. Thanks again

Jill said...

I love absolutely everything in here, but I'm curious as to what you use it for (besides scones which you already mention! lol)

Mel said...

I love you site! This sounds absolutely delicious! I will definitely have to try this one. I wonder if jam goes with anise flavored springerles? :)

Maryjean said...

Hi Julia, just want you to know I enjoy your blog. Your ideas and recipes (and cleaning recipes) are so good.

When you make your "Cinnamon Anise Jelly" do you use apple juice from the store or do you make your own juice.
I would like to make the jelly, but don't thing I have what it take to make my own juice. Will it taste different if
you use store bought juice? Would it work (jelly) at all?

I have a great Christmas Jam you may not have, everyone likes it and ask if I could make more or they could buy.

One more you live on a farm that has chickens?


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