1. MAKE YOUR OWN FRUIT-FLAVORED YOGURT
Spoon some jam into a bowl. Top with plain yogurt. Call it fruit-on-the-bottom.
2. BAKE SOME BRIE
Top that wheel of cheese with a few spoonfuls of jam, wrap the whole thing in phyllo or puff pastry, and bake at 400 degrees.
3. ADD SOME TO A PAN SAUCE FOR MEAT
It not only helps thicken it, it adds sweetness and flavor. Try currant jam with red wine for a pan sauce for steak; use peach jam and brandy for pork chops.
4. SHAKE IT INTO A COCKTAIL
Literally any cocktail. Think peach with whiskey, raspberry with vodka, and orange marmalade with gin.
5. TOP CREAMY DESSERTS
Pudding, panna cotta, you name it: it’s better with a bit of jam.
6. MAKE STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
First, make a jam sandwich with white sandwich bread, challah, or brioche. Next, soak the sandwich in eggs and milk. Finally, pan-fry in lots and lots of butter.
7. WHIP UP THE ULTIMATE GRILLED CHEESE
Jam + melted cheese + golden, toasted bread. (It’s the jam that makes it ultimate.)
8. MAKE SHORTCAKE
Who needs fresh strawberries when you can fill shortcakes with jam (and whipped cream, of course) instead?
9. TOP YOUR PANCAKES
Turn jam into syrup instantly by boiling it with water. (Sayonara, maple syrup!)
10. TRANSFORM ICE CREAM
Take softened vanilla ice cream. Fold some, say, marmalade into. SHAZAM! You just made marmalade ice cream.
11. USE IT TO MAKE POPSICLES
Thin jam with water and you’ve got a popsicle base that beats the hell out of juice.
12. SERVE IT ALONGSIDE CHEESE
Oh you thought your cheese plates were already fancy? You haven’t even seen fancy until you’ve put a cute jar of jam on the plate. (Oh, and it also happens that jam and cheese go fabulously together, which helps.)
13. FILL PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING SWEET
14. ADD IT TO A SALAD DRESSING
The touch of sweetness will help balance your vinaigrette and make it sing.
15. STUFF A PORK LOIN (OR A CHICKEN BREAST)
Use a long knife to cut out a 1-inch tunnel all the way through the loin (or breast). Fill with jam (fig, rhubarb, orange marmalade) and bake like normal.
16. FILL CREPES
Make crepes. Spread a thin layer of jam on each. Roll and eat. (Mazel tov, you’re French!)
17. MELT IT INTO A GLAZE FOR SWEETS…
Heat jam on the stove with a bit of water or lemon juice until it’s melted and liquidy, then pour it over a simple cake or cheesecake.
18. …OR USE THAT GLAZE FOR ALL THINGS SAVORY
19. MAKE SOMETHING BRITISH
The classic British dessert called fool is essentially just whipped cream with fruit folded in—but, of course, you can fold in jam instead. Add meringue to the equation and you can call it Eton mess.
20. STIR IT INTO BARBECUE SAUCE
Use it to doctor up the store-bought stuff or mix it into your DIY version.
21. DO THE SWIRL
22. OR BAKE IT INTO CAKE
Mix it thoroughly into the batter of gingerbread or layer cake.
23. PUT IT ON YOUR CEREAL
Forget brown sugar—sweeten up your bowl of oatmeal or porridge with a dollop of jam instead.
24. BAKE RUGELACH!
Stop reading this—seriously, stop right now—and start baking rugelach.
25. MAKE FLAVORED CHOCOLATE
Stir a spoonful of jam into warm ganache and pour it over cakes. Or refrigerate until firm and use it as a filling for French macarons.
26. MAKE BETTER BISCUITS
Instead of slathering your biscuits with jam, bake jam right into the biscuit.
Delicious ideas courtesy of Epicurious
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