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Best ever recipes that use jam

From trifle to chocolate gateau, meringue-frosted cupcakes, tarts and even as an accompaniment to salmon, we've got 15 recipe ideas that make the most of jam

Jam tarts

These jam tarts are a brilliant after-school treat – you could even rope in the children to help you dollop the jam into the pastry cases. You can use multi-coloured jams to add a pinch of fun to the delicate pastry cases. They’re sticky-finger-lickin’ good!

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Meringue frosted cupcakes

There’s nothing quite like raspberry jam to liven up a delicate sponge. Add some meringue, dessicated coconut and a touch of individuality, et voila! You get these little jam-based beauties. This recipe makes approximately 12 cakes but taste demands another batch…


Simple Victoria sponge cake

This very British classic cake is easy to master and brings back so many childhood party memories. It’s light and buttery in texture – sure to melt in your mouth. You can experiment with different jam flavours to suit your taste preference. With those fluffy clouds of cream resting on a bed of sweet strawberry jam, your family will find another slice hard to resist…


Strawberries and cream cake

Treat that special someone to fruity, creamy bliss with this cake. They’ll love the luscious cream, jam and fresh strawberries sandwiched between layers of rich buttery sponge. For that extra loving touch, decorate the top with a pink sugar message or a big heart. What could spell love better?


Peanut butter and thumbprint cookies

Do you love the sweet ‘n’ savoury combination of peanut butter and jam? Then this recipe is definitely for you. These small individual treats are moist and delicious mouthfuls that you’re bound to love. Just remember that they’re best eaten on the day they’re made.


Mini bakewell tarts

This recipe has the signature almond, jam and vanilla ingredients and will look really pretty on your dining table. When the cakes are ready you can put your feet up and make that all-important decision: custard or cream?


Salmon filo parcels with tomato ginger jam

Did you know that you can have savoury jams as well as sweet ones? This tomato ginger jam is the perfect way to discover such an option. The filo is shop-bought and offers a lighter pastry choice. The salmon fillet melts in the mouth and the ginger and tomato jam complements it well. It won’t take long before your guest polishes off the lot…


Dan Doherty’s bacon jam recipe

This bacon jam is a really delicious alternative to your usual toast mate. It has some unusual ingredients in it such as espresso coffee, cider vinegar and black treacle. Don’t let that deter you though! The result is a savoury accompaniment to toast or roast meats. Plus, the added bonus of having tried something a little off the beaten track.


Upside down cherry torte

This dessert recipe definitely has the ‘wow factor’. It looks so rich and beautiful on your dining table with its deep purple and maroon hues. With juicy cherries and smooth raspberry and apricot jams it definitely tastes as good as it looks.

When the aroma of warm, ripe cherries fills the air, you won’t need to describe to your guests the type of dessert you’re serving – it’ll speak for itself! Enjoy your serving with dollops of Greek yogurt if you fancy.


Posh jammie dodgers

These posh Jammie Dodgers are ideal with that well earned cuppa. Plus children will love them. Always a favourite in the biscuit tin, they’re fun and easy to make. They’re oozing with strawberry jam between thick, crumbly vanilla flavoured biscuit so your next challenge will be keeping your hands off!


PB& J French toast with peanut brittle

This American recipe is pure breakfast indulgence or an anytime treat. Made with brioche, roasted peanut brittle and raspberry jam, it’s a real mix of flavours and textures and will be a sure winner to wake up to. It takes a little effort to put together but the end result is definitely worth it.


Warm chocolate and orange tart

This warm chocolate and orange tart is a simply delicious favourite at dinner parties. With ready-made shortcrust pastry, it’s easy to make and will be a favourite with chocolate lovers. The pastry is filled with a layer of orange jam and topped with chocolate. Add a dollop of cream mixed with zest and a splash of orange juice, dust with cocoa powder and you’re good to go.


Chocolate gateau with raspberry, rose and vanilla cream

This gateau recipe is a real showstopper that will make your guest do a double take. It looks really stunning on your dining table and with raspberry jam, rose and vanilla flavours it delivers the taste to match. It’s surprisingly easy to make and with both dark and milk chocolate combined, you’ll be in chocolate heaven…


Peach and raspberry trifle

Trifles are always a dessert favourite and this one has an added twist of lemon curd and rum in it. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare and is a fruity little treat with peaches, raspberries and jam. Add cream, mascarpone and Madeira sponge and you’ve got an individual treat your grown-ups will love.


Raspberry and coconut macaroon tarts

For a really pretty dessert that will decorate your table as well as impress your guests, try these little stunners. They take a bit of effort to make but it definitely pays off. With desiccated coconut, vanilla and raspberry jam, it’s a taste sensation you’re sure to try all over again.


Written by Marcia Oram


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