Homemade French Apple and Cardamom Jam

Homemade French apple and cardamom jam adapted slightly from The View from Great Island.


  • About 12 apples depending on size and flavour profile you like. I chose to use tart Pink Lady apples mixed with sweet read apples.
  • 3 cups white granulated sugar
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed
  • Juice and skin of 2 lemons
  • 4 tbsp pectin powder
Chopped apples for homemade apple and cardamom jam recipe

Chopped apples

Homemade apply and cardamom jam cooked

Cooked jam


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and add the juice of 1 lemon.
  2. Peel, core, and chop the apples and add them to the lemon water as you work.
  3. Remove the apples from the water (discard the water)
  4. Add the apples to a heavy bottomed pot, along with the sugar, cardamom pods, (and any seeds that have escaped) the pectin and the juice and peel of the lemon. Stir well, and then bring to a boil.
  5. Boil, uncovered and stirring often, for about 30-40 minutes until thickened. Depending on how you like your jam, you may want to use a stick blender to blend the jam at this point, however I like to keep mine in little bits.
  6. Place the finished jam into clean (sterilized) jars, cover tightly, and let cool before refrigerating.

Eat this on toast, cake or as a filling in doughnuts.

Homemade apple and cardamom jam jar

Place your homemade jam in a jar and enjoy at any time

Homemade apple and cardamom jam in doughnuts

or, get creative, and put your jam in some doughnuts!

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