Aubergine Jam (Patlıcan reçeli)

Alive in only a few regions, jam seems like an unusual use for aubergines but is exceptionally good and quite the Turkish breakfast party showstopper. This sweet and tart preserve has hints of cinnamon and cloves and a bold pekmez undertone. 

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Category: Essentials & For The Pantry Desserts, Drinks & Sweet Treats
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Cuisine Type Turkish

Ingredients

Turkish aubergine jam

350 Grams Baby aubergines
300 Grams Sugar
1 Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Cloves
0.25 Cinnamon stick
1 Tablespoon Grape vinegar
1 Tablespoon Grape molasses (Pekmez)

Aubergine Jam (Patlıcan reçeli) Directions

  1. Wash & Peel the aubergines
  2. If using baby aubergines keep them whole, if using larger seedless variety cut them into thick wedges.
  3. Steam (or boil) the aubergines until cooked, this usually takes me around 15 minutes for baby aubergines but it depends on how ripe they are and when they were picked.
  4. In a saucepan place the sugar, water, lemon juice and spices and allow to boil.
  5. When boil has been reached turn down to a rolling boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the aubergines to the sugar syrup and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and leave to rest for around fifteen minutes.
  8. Place back on the heat and add in the molasses and vinegar.
  9. Repeat the boil for a further 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 15 minutes while you heat washed jars and wet jars in the oven (Preheated to 160°C - lids boiled in water)
  11. Place the jams into sterilized jars.

Recipe notes

  • Recipe is based on a recipe from Hazır Alma Kendin Yap! By Hülya Erol.

 

  • Baby aubergines which are around from finger to palm-size are perfect for making this jam but larger seedless ones also work well. I have used the light purple striped aubergines that had seeds successfully.

 

  • Finding baby aubergine sin the market isn't that easy but if you grow your own aubergines you'll be able to pick them as desired. Look for around 350 - 500 grams. 

 

  • Adjust the sugar quantity accordingly to the weight of aubergines 500 grams = 425 grams sugar. The quantities of other ingredients work as well for both 350 and 500.

 

  • Serve as a breakfast jam chopped/mashed fine or whole as a sweet treat. 

 

  • Cooking times vary for the aubergine so keep your eye on them

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