Pineapple-Mango Habanero jam

A sweet and spicy jam
that’s weirdly versatile…

Introduction

This jam has quickly made it into a classic that is in my fridge all the time these days. It’s one of the first spicy jams I ever made and that immediately hit the right spot for me. Like many jams this one is surprisingly easy and quick to make, so don’t hesitate to try this one at home!

Ingredients

The ingredients listed here start from 1 full pineapple and mango, which makes a bit over 1 litre of this jam.

  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1 Mango
  • 3 Limes
  • 200g Sugar
  • 1 Coffee spoon cinnamon
  • Chili peppers to taste (3 Habaneros is my recommendation)

Preparation

Start by peeling the mango and pineapple and cut them into coarse pieces. These go straight into the blender, along with chopped up pieces of the chili peppers, the lime juice, the sugar and the cinnamon. After blending everything into one smooth mixture, boil it in for about half an hour on low heat.

Depending on your personal preference, you can adjust the boiling time or the ratio between ingredients to end up with the desired consistency. If you prefer to have a more chunky type of jam, you can skip the blending step and slowly start from (smaller) chunks of fruit instead.

Note that the (added) sugar and lime juice help for extended preservation time. The fully blended version can also easily be frozen into smaller portions without it losing its consistency. With the ingredients mentioned here, the jam can easily be kept for several months in the fridge. This could be further prolonged when adding larger quantities of sugar.

Serving tips

Jams are quite versatile in general, so I guess people don’t need too much inspiration as to what to use them for. For this one in particular, I just like to share some tips on combinations I’ve tried and enjoyed…

  • Try this one on pancakes for breakfast, it’ll kick start your day in style!
  • Works great just on sandwiches, by itself or in combination with cheese for example.
  • Works really well with grilled meats too, as a replacement or addition to hot sauces.
  • Blend this one into pastries or desert for a gentle spicy touch, you won’t be disappointed. I’ll post some suggested recipes in future for inspiration.
  • Add this jam to your curries for a sweet touch, works out just fine!