Apple Pie Jam

How is it that Valentine’s Day has turned into such a big commercial racket?

Store shelves are lined with every type of pink and red nick-knack known to man, from heart shaped Peeps to stuffed puppies holding pillows that say, “I ruff you.” Seriously!?

Or maybe even worse are all the jewelry catalogues that try to convince you the best way to show your love for someone is to spend your next mortgage payment buying a heart shaped pendant. Because as we all know, “Every Kiss Begins with Kay…”

Those won’t win my heart.

You want to know the real key to my heart? Breakfast in bed.

That’s it. I’m SO not a morning person, like at all. Add to that I have the most comfortable mattress on the planet, and I find myself struggling to get out of bed on these chilly mornings. I can think of no better way to wake up than to a nice warm, leisurely breakfast in bed.

A girl can dream right?

This jam has all the flavors of your favorite apple pie, and when it’s still warm it’s like a little piece of breakfast heaven! It’s good on pancakes or waffles, or even just straight off the spoon. Not that I’ve ever eaten it that way…

Apple Pie Jam

4 c. apples, diced
¾ c. water
2 tbs. lemon juice
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
½ of a 1.75 oz. box pectin

Combine apples, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar, and brown sugar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until apples are soft.

Add pectin and return the mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute.

Spoon hot jam into sterilized*, hot (definitely not cold or they will crack) 8-oz. jam jars; screw lids on firmly. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or in freezer up to 3 months.

To vacuum seal them, don’t tighten the lids quite all the way. Almost, but not quite – you want that little bit of air to escape but no water to get in. Place hot jars into boiling water and heat for 6-7 minutes. You should hear them pop, but if not, they often pop as you remove them from the water and start to cool off. The lids should have a little indent in them. At this point, label them with the date, and they will last on the shelf up to 6 months.

*To sterilize your jars you can simply run them through a dishwasher or you can boil them in the water you plan to seal the jars in. Just be sure that once they are sterile, you don’t touch the inside of the jar or lid with your hand. This will add small amounts of bacteria which will grow inside the jar and ruin your jam.

What wins you over on Valentine’s Day?

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  1. 1

    This is one of the most refreshing apple jam recipes I’ve stumbled into so far. It looks so good and yummy. I think nobody can blame me if this won’t make it to any bread or pancake because I’d totally eat it right from the spoon! I also love the canning/jar tips you’ve provided. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. 3

    This apple pie jam looks really yummy! Who wouldn’t want a toasted apple pie slice for breakfast. :) YUM! I’m a big time morning person (up at 5:30am). So I have never had breakfast in bed… I’ve gone back to bed after breakfast to relax (on weekends)… but I can’t sleep. I think I need a more comfy mattress… It’s been 12 years on this one and with the kids jumping on it daily… not so comfy any more. I so agree with you on all the junk at the stores they pass off for valentine’s day. I’m so over it. I want things like kids listening to me the first time I tell them something or hubby finishing his “Honey do” list without me asking. :) Now those are priceless gifts. :)

    • 4

      Morning people always amaze me! It’s like a gene that I totally wasn’t born with or something… And yes, wouldn’t it be lovely if the kids listened the first time> Or did their chores without needing to be asked?

  3. 5


    This sounds like the ultimate comfort food.
    Warm and cozy.

    I agree…. it isn’t the bought things that say I love you….. it is the action things… breakfast in bed.
    The things that are done with love and thoughtfulness.

  4. 7

    As a huge apple butter fan, I am totally sure I would love this jam. My kids’ schedules have trained me to be up early, even on weekends, I cannot sleep longer that 8am…and I am still usually the first one up. So breakfast in bed is improbable for me…oh well. I will dream like you!

    • 8

      Aw – that’s a bummer. I always thought I’d get used to the kids schedules, but even now I could sleep till noon everyday easily!

  5. 9

    Beautiful recipe! Making jam is really something magical, the process, the house filled with that amazing smell, it’s special :-)

  6. 10

    Mother of pearl – that jam sounds amazing. I’m with you – nothing says, “I ruff you,” like breakfast in bed…

  7. 12

    Oh, the idea of apple pie jam just sounds delicious!

  8. 13

    Sounds delicious!!

  9. 14

    Breakfast in bed on v-day sounds like the perfect present! Getting to sleep in and have someone do something nice for me is the best present ever, any day!
    It is a running joke with my hubby how much I hate heart shaped jewelry! One hear the day after vday he went and got a super cheap (at Walmart, I think), on clearance heart shaped necklace!

  10. 16

    I make apple pie jam every year and it is amazing stuff. I love your version (and those gorgeous photos). Yes, breakfast in bed is a wonderful treat indeed. :)

  11. 17

    Oh my god this jam sounds amazing!! I love apple pie, I would totally eat the whole jar in one setting, is that a problem? :) I’m not a morning person either (I wear the don’t talk to me face until about 10 am), I just got an extremely comfortable mattress & I would LOVE breakfast in bed for Valentine’s Day! You’ve got some great points right there, I’ll have to let my boyfriend know haha.

  12. 19

    mmmm…..I love all things cinnamon-y apple, from apple pie to apple butter to apple crisp. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe when it is time to make my next batch of jam!

    • 20

      Me too! We had an orchard across the street when I was a kid, and I must have eaten a thousand apples in my childhood. Somehow I still love them and they always remind me of being in the kitchen with my mom!

  13. 21

    This jam would win me too! Yum! Can’t wait to try it. Have a great weekend!

  14. 23

    I would definitely take a jar-full of this jam over something from Jared’s any day! 😀
    This looks absolutely delightful!

  15. 25

    Mmm, I would love to try this marmalade over a slice of warm bread for breakfast! What a great way to start your day!

  16. 27

    Now THAT sounds like my kind of jam :) You should sell this stuff! I’d take a box!

  17. 28

    I’m a big one for home canning and love finding new recipes. I have one I already use for apple pie jam which my husband loves but this one sounds amazing too so I know I’ll be trying it next time we run out 😀

  18. 29

    I hate those jewelry commercials–who’d want the silly heart pendant, anyway? This jam would definitely win my heart…oh my.

  19. 31

    I love making jam and finding new jam recipes so you’ve made me very happy today! :) I just bought a flat of organic fujis from Costco so it looks like I’ll be making some Apple Pie jam this weekend! Thanks for the recipe and idea! It looks really, really good!

  20. 33

    I love making my own jams and jellies! This apple pie jam sounds great! :)

  21. 34

    Apple pie jam sounds sooo good. I am not a morning person either ugh. I need a super comfy bed lol or maybe not that maybe counter productive for me.

  22. 36

    I love apple pie jam but we never made it with cinnamon and nutmeg. I need to keep it in mind and try some day. What I want for Valentines? Sushi, a very good real sushi. mmm, haven’t had one in about two years …

  23. 38

    My husband would go crazy for this. He is an apple pie junkie. What a great way to get that flavor with far less guilt!

  24. 39

    Ahhh, I would love some of that jam. I only recently began making my own applesauce. Nothing you can buy compares to the homemade version.

  25. 41

    This apple pie jam looks great.

  26. 42

    Jen, this jam looks just fabulous! What a wonderful treat!

  27. 43

    I love this idea :)! It would be like apple pie for breakfast if you had it on toast :)!

  28. 45

    I have to limit my pinterest time or I get really carried away. Seriously addicting. SO fun though. Love the jam and the photos are incredible.

  29. 47

    This jam looks and sounds sooo good. I love anything with apples and cinnamon, but I have never had apple pie jam. I hope that you get your breakfast in bed soon. Actions speak louder than words.

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!.

  30. 49

    Oooh! I love everything with the taste of apple pie! Love it! I’m going to try this jam out, real soon!

  31. 50

    I’ve been looking for an apple jam recipe, and yours looks really tasty. I love that it makes a small batch.
    I’m with you on the Valentine’s day thing too. So tired of hearing that the way to a woman’s heart is through a diamond. Want to win mine? Clean my bathroom. (how have the manufacturer’s of bathroom cleaners missed this advertising opportunity?)

  32. 52

    Hooray for the Top 9!!!! Congrats!

  33. 54

    What a yummy looking jam. And yes warm eaten straight with a spoon sounds like a lovely way to enjoy it…not that I would ever do that :)

    I do enjoy Valentine’s Day but I don’t really need much maybe my husband to take care of the kids for the day…might be nice.

  34. 55

    Apple pie jam is a good antidote for “I ruff u” stuffed animals and kay-starting kisses. I want this jam on waffles!

  35. 56

    What a divine recipe. Bookmarked.

  36. 57

    I really like this site,and the apple jam is lovely, but wish I could be like some of you and sleep till lunch time. When I was a naval wife ,many moons ago, I could, but girls, once you get to my age, going on 74, you never can, I’m always awake before the alarm goes off, where am I going wrong,or is it just another age thing?

    • 58

      I wish I could get up early! I think my internal clock is just completely backwards because my body wants to be awake all night and asleep all day!


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