Thursday, 24 May 2018

Banana Jam

I suddenly remembered today I had promised the recipe for Banana Jam.  The one that follows isn't the one I used to use (damned if I can find which book it was in), but it sounds very similar.  Enjoy:


Juice of 3 limes
Juice of 1 orange, topped up with water to 175 ml (6 fl. oz.)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I don't remember this, so omit if you wish).
500 g (1lb 2 oz) granulated sugar
seeds of one vanilla pod (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste) (I don't remember this in my recipe either)
a pinch of salt (for some reason?)
6 large ripe bananas, sliced fairly thin or mashed (I would definitely mash them)
50 g (2 fl oz) dark rum (this definitely wasn't in the recipe I used, but go for it!)

Makes 4 x 340g (12oz) jars

Keeps for 3-6 months

Put the lime juice, orange juice and water, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and salt in a preserving pan over a moderate heat.  Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Add the bananas and cook gently for 15-20 mins until thick, stirring often (be careful as this jam has a tendency to catch).

Add the rum and cook for a few minutes more, then bottle in hot sterlized jars.

Variation:  For a banana-chocolate jam, swirl in 100g (3 1.2 oz) chopped or grated dark chocolate when the jam has been cooked.

Taken from Mary Tregellas' "Notes from the Jam Cupboard" which I thoroughly recommend.


  1. I have to say that this is a jam I won't be trying......ever!..... a bit like runner bean chutney ...which is supposed to be OK but doesn't appeal!
    I'll stick to strawberry :-)

    1. Haha! Actually, the version I made which doesn't have the add-ons that this does, was really nice. Just like bananas. Strawberry is lovely though, but blackcurrant is my favourite.

  2. Thank you! I will definitely be trying this - those ingredients have made my taste buds dance around in excited anticipation!

    1. We all have different tastebuds - you can have Sue's share as well!!

    2. I rarely eat anything sweet, but cooked banana is a real weakness of mine. It calls to me.

    3. Ah. In the same book was a recipe for banana icecream . . . I made a Chocolate and Banana cake today too. Do you want either recipe?

    4. I have scoured my shelves and found 'Jams and Jellies' by May Byron - just checked it and there is a banana jam recipe which requires bananas, juicy pears and lemons - could that be your recipe? Chocolate and banana cake sounds wonderful, but so does the icecream, so yes please but only if you have the time. Thank you!

  3. I wouldn't mind your Chocolate Banana Cake recipe, and the banana ice cream sounds lovely. The jam...not so much.

    God bless.

  4. Always good to have another recipe for using up over-ripe bananas! Thanks so much. Will definitely be trying that it sounds rather tasty :)

  5. That sounds like heaven to me, I make banana icecream but eat it semi frozen. Chocolate and Banana cake sounds lush.