The advent time is known to be the season of contemplation and it‘s my absolute favorite time of the year, well besides summer of course. Because duhhhh, sunny hot weather is the best! What makes the advent time special is it‘s atmosphere. Never gets boring if you ask me! The smell of freshly baked cookies and roasted chestnuts fills the air and christmas songs are jamming everywhere. Not even to mention the vibe at the Christmas market, indescribably beautiful. And at the end of the visit the standard stop at the mulled wine stand an absolute must. Can life get more perfect than that?
These type of things mean advent for me, as well as cinnamon, gingerbread, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise and vanilla. Those spices are an integral part in my kitchen and I wouldn`t want to miss them during that special time of the year. Mulled wine spice actually contains the majority of the spices I mentioned above. Which is why I would go that far to call these spice mixtures a fusion of all the flavors e link to the advent and christmas time.
And that is exactly the reason why I decided to make a mulled wine flavored chia jam this year. And do you know what`s the best about it? You can indulge on this jam without feeling bad. Due to the fact that the jam is jellied by using chia seeds and not canning sugar, it`s completely sugar-free.
Of course you can also gift this jam to your friends, beloved ones and co-workers, just keep in mind the short durability as the jam doesn`t contain any sugar. I would recommend to finish it within 3 up to 4 days and to store it in the fridge from the beginning. In case you prefer a product that stays fresh for a longer amount of time, I will give you an alternative recipe with canning sugar.
Ingredients (for 2 jars):
- 400g plums
- 3 tsp mulled wine spice
- 150ml red wine or water, if you don`t drink alcohol
- 5 tsp chia seeds, organic
->in case you prefer a jam with a longer durability, then you can use canning sugar instead of chia seeds. The process will be a little bit different, as you need to cook the sugar with the plums. You will need 400g canning sugar.
- Preheat the oven at 200° Celsius.
- Put the jars you want to use into the oven and sterilize them for at least 10 minutes.
- Add red wine/water and mulled wine spice into a pan and let simmer at low temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes. The liquid should have an intensive mulled wine taste.
- Sieve the wine/water to remove the spice.
- Add plums and mulled wine/water into a pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes. If you are using frozen plums, like I did, it will take around 10 to 15 minutes.
- Puree the jam using a blender. If you like your jam with bits in it, then just mash everything using a fork.
- Add chia seeds and mix very well. Pour the steaming hot jam into your jars and close them immediately. Then turn the jars upside down.
To be honest, this process is so simple, that we rarely purchase any store-bought jam anymore. We just prefer to make it ourselves. And by the way it`s not only cheaper, but also you are aware of all the ingredients your jam contains. Give it a try! You will see it`super easy and if your batch is too much, just freeze it. Very suitable for this are ice-cube bags, where you can pour in your cold jam and then freeze.
Have a wonderful advent time and read you soon,