Homemade Aleppo Strawberry Jam With Thyme

by | Sauces & Dressing, Snacks & Nibbles

Homemade strawberry jam with Aleppo pepper and Thyme for a sweet, spicy and herbal jam for sweet and savory dishes.

Garden picked Strawberries
Strawberries

Strawberries

Who doesn’t love the sweet juicy taste of freshly picked strawberries! Thankfully we are able to obtain strawberries throughout much of the year. 

Winter blues, here in Maryland, is a very real thing. Three long months with naked trees, freezing temps and no sign of life coming from the ground. 

Winter strawberry fields
Winter Strawberry Fields

Until… March, when suddenly the first strawberry leaves emerge from the ground to let us know that spring is on its way!

Luckily for me, I grow strawberries and every year when I see them return, I am absolutely amazed, especially since I didn’t grow up, growing things. 

My little strawberry patch
My Strawberry Patch

Then I hop in my car and drive to the large strawberry farm a few miles down the street to see how it’s looking over there!

nearby strawberry patch
Nearby Strawberry Patch

By April, we are ready to pick strawberries and make them into a gazillion recipes; that is, if we don’t eat them all when freshly picked!

Freshly picked strawberries
Freshly Picked Strawberries

Quick Homemade Strawberry Jam

Fresh, sweet, juicy strawberries can be bought nearly year round, so why not make a quick jam out of them. 

Strawberry jam is delicious as a spread on tea sandwiches, drizzled down a scoop of vanilla ice cream for sure, but let’s stretch your appetite for something totally whimsical: Button Cups! 

Button Cups with Homemade Strawberry Jam and Homemade Almond Butter.
Button Cups with Homemade Strawberry Jam and Homemade Almond Butter

Button Cups

Button cups are something whimsical I made for a television cooking show I was thrilled to be chosen to film in. I knew something absolutely spectacular had to be made for such an occasion. 

These button cups are something I created for my daughter’s third birthday. She is now in her thirties. 

Tea party with my children.
Tea Party with My Children

It was a whimsical attempt, with the help of her older brother, to help me create something different for a little girl’s tea party. 

We read Beatrix Potter critter stories. The little Taylor and Cutter mouse  caught my daughters fantasy, especially since I made many of her cloths when she was little. 

I used a large wooden button to shape the cookie that would go on top of a tart shell, we would fill with nut butter and jam. It was a hit then, and still is to this day. 

Fast forward to a few years ago, when I was visiting the Cotswolds in England, and came across the enchanting World of Beatrix Potter shop! 

Beatrix Potter World In The Cotswolds England
Beatrix Potter World In The Cotswolds England

It took me back many years to the memories of reading these stories to my children. I knew I had to take one of the critters home with me. 

Beatrix Potter World
Beatrix Potter World

Aleppo In Strawberry Jam?

Robin, have you lost your mind? Oh… Not at all!! Sweet things, for me, open the door to so many other layers of flavors besides sugary sweet. 

Aleppo pepper in a smoked, slightly sweet yet little bit hot pepper flake that when added to the simmer time of this strawberry jam, wakes the mouth up and brings a sparkle to the eye. 

Aleppo pepper
Aleppo Pepper

Aleppo Pepper Substitute

If Aleppo pepper is not readily available, a finely chopped chili pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika can be added to the simmering strawberries. 

Do you happen to grow your own peppers? I do and I’d definitely suggest to try smoking your own peppers, then dry them and when they have dried out, you can grind them into your very own smoked pepper powder.

Home smoking kit
Home Smoking Kit
Smoking my homegrown peppers.
Smoking My Homegrown Peppers

Imagine the taste of a smoked Habanero pepper, or any other variety of peppers you might enjoy growing!

Habaneros in my garden.
Habaneros In My Garden!

Thyme In Strawberry Jam

Having grown both a garden of strawberries and lots of pots of thyme, I’ve learned something about the two and why they just work together. 

In early spring, strawberry plants have lots of green leaves and tiny flowers for quite some time. Be patient, the fruit is on it’s way!

Strawberries become a fruit that develops for a sweet smelling flower. Flower first. Fruit second. The sweetness of the strawberry is the result of the flower. 

Thyme, on the other hand, is a tiny, very aromatic leaf. It was never a flower, and only when they have fully grown and ready to produce seeds for another harvest does a flower form on the tops. 

The flowers on the tops of thyme are not often what we cook with, though we can. The thyme leaves remain a very earthy and aromatic herbal essence. 

The combination of sweet floral essence and earthy aromatic essence makes for a beautiful umami flavor. Add to that a pinch of heat and you’ve got some worth making a cookie to spread it over!

Thyme in my garden.
Thyme

Ingredients Needed

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Aleppo pepper
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Lemon juice
  • Potato starch or corn starch
  • Salt
Strawberry and Thyme Jam Ingredients
Strawberry and Thyme Jam Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Cutting board
  • Small knife
  • Food processor
  • 12 oz. Mason jar with lid
  • Whisk
  • Stovetop or burner
Aleppo pepper in strawberry jam.
Aleppo Pepper In Strawberry Jam

Homemade Aleppo Strawberry Jam With Thyme

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Sauces u0026amp; Dressing, Snacks u0026amp; NibblesCuisine: MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

ounces

An adult sweet strawberry jam with a little Aleppo heat and an underlining of thyme’s herbal essence!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Strawberries – 1 lb.

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Aleppo pepper – 1/2 tsp or substitute (see notes)

  • Fresh Thyme – 2 sprigs

  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp

  • Potato starch or corn starch – 1 tbsp

  • Salt – pinch to taste

Directions

  • Cut off the tops of the strawberries.
  • In a food processor, place the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice and puree.
  • Transfer the strawberries to a saucepan, along with the Aleppo pepper, potato starch (or corn starch) and salt. Bring to a boil. Lower and simmer for about 30 minutes. Cool.
  • Transfer to a closed container and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

  • Aleppo is a smoked pepper but can be substituted with 1 finely chopped chili pepper and 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika. 
Homemade Strawberry Jam With Aleppo Pepper And Thyme.
Homemade Strawberry Jam with Aleppo Pepper and Thyme
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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