Buddha's Hand Jam - Free Giveaway !
Some of you might have waited for this post to find out what I've done with Buddha's Hand. I've got 6 little white jars and 6 little black jars Buddha's Hand Jam waiting for you here! The first 12 people emailing me (view my profile for email info) will be getting one of these jars shipped directly to you, for free of course. All you have to do is tell me if you liked it!
I'm looking forward to the following weekend to sit in the garden with Yoko for breakfast, having a few fresh croissants with Buddha's Hand Jam and a nice cup of coffee!
Peel of one Buddha's Hand (equal to about 6 lemons), thinly sliced
4 cups of water
3 cups of white sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons Amaretto liquor (for those who tried my jam, now you know where that special fragrance came from!)
Put the Buddha's Hand peel (or lemon peel) into a large pan and cover with the water. Leave it sit for about 1 hour.
Place pan over high heat and boil for about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to medium so it only boils gently. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Now make double sure that it just boils very gently and let it do so for another 45-60 minutes. Also stir in the Amaretto.
I made the mistake at the beginning to boil it too hard for too long and the jam, once in the jar, started to crystallize. Another trick to avoid that from happening is, to add some lemon juice about 10 minutes before the cooking time is over. So after about 45 minutes, squeeze in the lemon juice, give it another 10 minutes and pour the jam (which is still pretty liquid) into a big glass jar. The jar should at least have room temperature before pouring in the mixture.
Once the jam is cooling off, it will also thicken and start to be more syrupy.