Yup, I am that stubborn…
Not to be defeated, I made a third attempt at jelly. On Saturday, a walk down the lanes to the local village shop unveiled a late glut of fruit in the hedgerows. Having brought a bag “just in case” I was quickly able to fill it with blackberries, elderberries, wild damsons and a few sloes (I left the majority for after the frost). Back at the hall, Dapper’s mum supplemented my haul with the last of the raspberries, and back at my flat on Sunday night I also added the sloes I had retained from last year’s sloe gin – probably more alcoholic than fruity, but nevermind…
This time I checked for set entirely by eye. I took it off the boil as soon as it began to wrinkle visibly on the saucer. And having poured it into jars and allowed to cool, I tipped it slightly to one side, only to be disappointed when it appeared to run. I had made more syrup.
Or had I??
This evening I checked it again, only to find it had, in fact, set!
So, having made accidental syrup from the elderberries and accidental damson cheese (or damson treacle!) from the damsons, I finally succeeded at jelly! Yay me!
Next up: sloe gin! I know I can get that one right – last year’s batch was delicious!