Easy Homemade Date & Apricot Jam
This easy homemade date & apricot jam can be used for fillings, appetizers or for gifts. It’s made on the stove top without pectin and no added sugar with just 4 simple ingredients!
If you’re in a jam this Holiday season (pun TOTALLY intended) and need an easy, elegant & delicious appetizer, use this date and apricot jam on crostini, as a spread for crackers, on these delicious sweet potato crostini (just substitute the red pepper jelly for the date jam), or on these savory mini tarts with rosemary shortbread, date jam and gorgonzola!
Homemade jam is actually SO easy to make.
I was prepared to spend hours making my jam, with rubber gloves and goggles on. I really don’t know where that thought came from. I must’ve seen an old movie where the ladies made some seriously dangerous jam.
This homemade jam took about 1 hour to make and a ½ of that time was patiently waiting for my dried dates and apricots to plump up. After that it was easy peasy.
While researching the best and easiest way to make this homemade date & apricot jam, I learned 3 things:
1.) There is a difference between jam and jelly…Jam is made with actual fruit and jelly is made from fruit juice
2.) You don’t necessarily need pectin to make a jam or jelly. There’s not actual proof it helps preserve your jam, rather it just helps to thicken it.
3.) You should sterilize your canning jars before filling them with your homemade jam which helps to prevent food borne illness or growth of mold and other bacteria. I found a really simple and useful post here on how to sterilize your canning jars.
I love how this date & apricot jam can be used in either sweet or savory recipes. There’s no added sugar either making it natural sweetened and paleo and whole30 approved.
Here are some delicious uses for your homemade Date and Apricot Jam:
1. Dollop on top of softened cream cheese with some walnuts for a super easy cheese spread served with crackers.
2. Smear a tablespoon or so on a sliced crostini and top with your favorite crumbled cheese such as goat cheese, Gorgonzola or blue cheese
3. Spread onto toast, English muffins, or scones for a quick and easy breakfast.
4. Mix into cottage cheese for a healthy snack
5. Use as a filling for cakes or cupcakes.
*You could even substitute the pumpkin butter for this date & apricot jam in my Pumpkin Butter Crostini Appetizers Recipe.
If you’re a jam beginner like me, give this recipe for homemade jam a try because it’s seriously SO easy. You’ll be glad to have a jar of this stashed in your refrigerator next time you have unexpected guests or a last minute party to go to.
It sounds quite sophisticated telling people it’s your homemade jam (make sure you have one pinkie up with a cup of tea)
Homemade Date & Apricot Jam
- 2 oz Dried Apricots about 1/3 cup
- 2 oz Dried Dates, pitted about 1/2 cup
- 1 ¼ cup Water
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
Soak apricot and dates with 1 ¼ cup of water for at least 1 hour or overnight until softened and re-hydrated.
Once softened, add to a medium sized saucepan, with lemon juice and bring to a low boil. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for a ½ hour. Break up any big chunks with a wooden spoon; don’t worry about it getting completely smooth.
Pour into a sterilized jar and store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.
*If jam is too thick, simply add about 1 tbsp of water until desired consistency.
*For tips on how to sterilize your jars, click here!