One of my favorite mornings rituals on the weekend is to wake up, stumble to the kitchen with my eyes barely open and get the coffee machine going (Ah, how I love my coffee). It is the one thing I look forward to every morning and sometimes I even start to look forward to it before I go to bed the night before. The darker the better. The hotter the more enjoyable. Recently, I got into the (good) habit of making my own berries preserves to enjoy with my toast and of course coffee. I used to buy my preserves, but one day after scooping out the last bit of preserves left in the container I decided to try and make my own. Oh, heavenly was the day I realized how easy and delicious this was! Now, I make a small batch which lasts me about 2-3 weeks. Here’s how to make this magic happen:
- 1 cup of Blueberries/Raspberries (I’ve used both fresh and frozen)
- 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar (you can use regular sugar as well)
- a splash of lemon juice and water and a bit of lemon zest
In a small pan cook down the berries with about 1 tablespoon of water over medium heat until they are soft and you can break them down. I use a wooden spoon to pop the blueberries as they soften. It will take a few minutes for the berries to break down. Add the sugar, lemon juice, zest and combine. Let everything cook down until you see that jam consistency. Make sure you taste it. Sometimes I’m in the mood for sweeter while others I look for a lemonier taste. Total cooking time is about 5-8 minutes. Pour over a small container and place in the freezer for about a minute or two to cool.
In the meantime, get that toast ready, by the time your freshly made berries preserves have cooled they will be ready to slather over toast and to enjoy with that perfectly made cup of coffee. These also make a great topping for pancakes, French toast or even pie fillings! The possibilities are endless, all it takes is a single creative moment to completely change your life and a few berries to have a change of heart.