Move aside marmalade. Christmas Jam is back in town! Packed with festive flavour, this really is the perfect addition to your December breakfast!


1 litre

total time

45 mins

great for


suitable for

GF / vegan

Christmas Jam on Bread

behind the scenes

When Life Gives You Cranberries

Move aside marmalade…Christmas Jam is back in town! What better addition is there to your festive breakfast or afternoon tea table than a gorgeously seasonal jam where cranberries reign supreme?

With the sweetness of strawberries to cut their bitterness, and the seasonal warmth of cinnamon and ginger, this really is the perfect way to start any December morning!

And, while we would not judge you one tiny bit if you wanted to keep all this jam to yourself, if you do decide to share the sugary goodness this year, then it makes a wonderful homemade gift.

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Christmas Jam Sheet of Labels being prepared

Once again, we’ve done the work for you in terms of preparing a label too, so you only need to print it out and attach it to the jar and, hey presto, you’ve got a wonderful Christmas gift ready to pass along.

This might also be a wonderful addition to your Family Christmas Hamper – the options are almost endless!

Now For The Technical Bit

In the Jolly Festive kitchen we often get asked – how do I know if my jam is ready? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

While your jam mixture is simmering, place a small plate into the freezer for approximately 5 minutes, until fully chilled. Spoon a small amount of the hot jam onto the cold place.

Allow it to sit for 1-2 minutes – if it forms a gel-like consistency and wrinkles when touched, it’s ready. If it remains runny, then it needs more cooking.

And, if you didn’t already have enough reasons to make this jam, the fact that it will keep well into the new year means that, whenever you’re feeling those Christmas blues, you can just pop to your pantry for a hit of Christmas cheer!

Christmas Jam on Bread with Butter
* Sterlising Jars *
  1. Preheat the oven to 100C.
  2. Wash jars and lids by hand or using dishwasher; ensure they are dried thoroughly.
  3. Place jars face down, and lid face up, onto a clean baking sheet.
  4. Cook jars until you are ready to fill them (at least 20 minutes).
  5. When you’re ready to fill them, remove from the oven and jars will be sterilised!
Christmas Jam Label

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Christmas Jam on Bread

Christmas Jam

Move aside marmalade. Christmas Jam is back in town! Packed with festive flavour, this really is the perfect addition to your December breakfast!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Edible Gifts
Suitable For Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 1 litre


  • 350 g fresh cranberries washed
  • 450 g strawberries chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 800 g jam sugar
  • 2 tsp clementine zest
  • 3 clementines juiced
  • 150 ml water
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp all spice


  • Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy bottom pan and place over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously to ensure all the sugar dissolves.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Around the 25-minute mark, do the plate test. If the jam wrinkles when pushed and starts to set, remove from the heat at this point. If not, return to the heat for an additional 5 minutes. Continue this process until the plate test is successful.
  • Remove from the heat and, using the back of a wooden spoon, gently press on any of the cranberry or strawberry pieces which are still whole to mash them – you want approximately 2/3 of the mixture to be mashed.
  • Place in sterilised canning jars*, cover with a round of greaseproof paper and store in a cool dark place. Jam will keep for up to 6 months. Once opened, refrigerate.


Ensure you are putting hot mixture into a hot jar to prevent the jars from cracking! 
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