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Old Bachelor's Jam


Any berry will work in old bachelor's jam. The layered fruit spread is ripe for experimentation. Here it's made with blackberries, raspberries, and kirsch and spread on the cornmeal crust of a blackberry tart. Some say the liquor-infused jam was named for its capacity to warm single gentlemen on winter nights.

  • Yield: Makes four 1/2-pint-size jars

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2010


  • 2 pounds blackberries (7 cups)
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 pounds raspberries (7 cups)
  • 4 ounces kirsch or other cherry-flavored liqueur (1/2 cup)


  1. Bring blackberries, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and the juice of 1 lemon to a simmer in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until sugar dissolves and berries are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Press parchment directly on surface of jam, and refrigerate overnight. Repeat with raspberries and remaining 1 3/4 cups sugar and juiced lemon in another large pot.

  2. Remove parchment; bring each pot to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat until berries are slightly broken down and jam is the consistency of very loose jelly, about 12 minutes for the blackberries and about 17 minutes for the raspberries. Plate-test jam to make sure it is set.

  3. Divide blackberry jam between four 1/2-pint-size sterilized glass jars, filling each halfway; top each with 1/2 ounce kirsch. Divide raspberry jam between jars; top each with 1/2 ounce kirsch, leaving 1/4-inch headspace at tops. Can in water bath for 10 minutes.

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  • amylynnfrank77
    8 FEB, 2011
    i love this recipe..especially when using it in the hubs fav dessert. for leslie..plate-test means that you put a couple small plates in the feezer while you are making your jam..and when you think the jam is done, you put a spoonful on the frozen plate and put it back in the freezer for a couple of minutes...when you pull it out, it should be a jelly.
  • LeslieJones
    12 JUL, 2010
    not sure what "plate-test" means, and when you say "can in water bath", what exactly does that mean?? how hot is the water?