by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Monday, December 12, 2011
Pumpkin Jam (Marmellata di Zucca)
I'm not sure which variety this was (yes, one drawback), but holy canoli was it hard to peel. I almost screamed about a jillion times. So. Frustrating. But there was no way I was stopping after all the work I did, so I barreled through two small pumpkins and was rewarded with a batch of bejeweled jam. It was a lovely, squashy sweetness that tastes fantastic slathered on brioche or croissants, and would make some fun thumbprint cookies. Next time (when I find a thinner-skinned pumpkin), I will try adding some vanilla bean seeds or perhaps some spices to the mix. Until then, I say all the sweat and stabbed fingers were worth it.
- 18 ounces (500 g) cleaned, skinned pumpkin
- juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 12.5 ounces (350 g) superfine sugar
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.