I love drinking a glass of wine with dinner sometimes, I love the flavor, richness, and feel of a good wine accompanying my meal.
If you know me, you already know I am currently in the late stages of a pregnancy at this point in time (good times growing a person inside :)), and so I don't get to enjoy that treat for now. I must say, I kind of miss it...
As luck would have it, I had an open bottle of white wine left in the fridge from a dinner we had. My other half is not really a fan of white wine, but I am not one to throw a perfectly good white wine away.
I had the genius idea (If I may say so myself), to make a white wine jam, and I infused it with a light flavor of golden kiwi that I had. I made sure to cook it long enough so that no trace of real alcohol is left, and now I get to enjoy this delicious sweet spread that has a hint of white wine flavor to it.
The jam can be made to be alcoholic or non-alcoholic if you choose! but any way you choose to make it, it is absolutely delicious!
Kiwis are delicious! They are a little fruit of happiness, they also hold a lot of nutritional value, like vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. Kiwis also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber.
A lot of people like to talk about the benefits of moderate consumption of red wine, but recent studies have shown that white wine might also have a good affect on our health. A 2018 study published in Current Cardiology Reports
shows that the benefits of drinking wine in moderation include lowering your risk for coronary artery disease, heart failure and cardiovascular mortality.
Whenever I go into the kitchen, whether it is for cooking or baking, I need to have my music with me. I thought it would be nice to share with you the exact song that describes my feeling towards each recipe. That way you can have a similar experience while cooking...
For this recipe, I chose one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists ever, because this recipe deserves greatness. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
Prep time: 5 min.
Cooking time: 30-40 min/3 hrs.
Servings: 1 jar
- 3 cups white wine
- 2 cups water (optional if choosing the alcoholic version)
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1/2 half lemon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp apple pectin (any fruit pectin will do)
- 1 golden kiwi or your choice of fruit
Prepare the jar in advance: Boil water, pour into the jar and let them sit in it for 10 minutes at least, leave to dry on a clean towel.
- If choosing the alcoholic version:
- Place the white wine, the sugar, the pectin and the vanilla in the saucepan. Heat to a boil and then decrease the heat until the mixture is at a simmer.
- The cooking time will be a lot shorter, you can add the fruit, cut into cubes, at this point.
- Cook for about 20 minutes, check the temperature. When the mixture reaches 200 F (100 c ), add the lemon squeeze.
- Stir the jam and check the temperature until it reaches 220 F (105 c), remove from the heat immediately and pour (very carefully, it is hot) into the prepared jar.
- Non-alcoholic version (for pregnant women or any other reasons)
- Place the white wine, the water, the sugar, the pectin and the vanilla in the saucepan. Heat to a boil and then decrease the heat until the mixture is at a simmer.
- The cooking time will be a lot longer, don't add the fruit yet if you like to have little pieces of fruits in your jam.
- Cook for at least an 2 hours, and check the temperature. When the mixture reaches 200 F (100 c ), add the lemon squeeze and the fruit.
- If the mixture reaches the temperature before 2 hours pass, add additional water.
- Stir the jam for another hour *(see notes), and check the temperature until it reaches 220 F (105 c), remove from the heat immediately and pour (very carefully, it is hot) into the prepared jar.
- Close the jar, let it cool down in room temperature, transfer to the fridge.
- This Spread will keep in your fridge after opening for 10-14 days.
- In order to get rid of any trace of alcohol that is in the wine, you have to cook it for at least 3 hours. The alcohol starts to evaporate a lot sooner, but will not disappear 100% before 3 hours have passed. If you are choosing the non-alcoholic version and need the jam to be absolutely alcohol-free, make sure to keep the long cooking time. Add water as needed to prevent the temperature from reaching the target before the 3 hours passed.
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