Black Cherry And Thyme Jam

In order to compete in Freshly Blogged we had to buy all of the ingredients we needed for each challenge from Pick N Pay, a local supermarket. I ended up buying a whole lot of things we don’t eat such as rice, maize meal and potatoes. Yesterday, seeing as I had been chopped I took back some of the ingredients that I already have open in my pantry such as the custard powder and spices.

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However, I could not take back any of the fresh ingredients and I would never buy thyme as I have an abundance of it growing in my garden. I loathe waste in any form and while chatting to Nicola on Viber I decided to use the leftover thyme when I made my next batch of jam. I used my quick jam recipe to make this black cherry and thyme jam but added pectin to it as it did not set up properly. It has a lovely taste and I am looking forward to some breakfast crumpets topped with it soon.

how do use up leftover herbs, and do you grow your own?

Sourdough Bread and black cherry and thyme jam
Sourdough Bread and Black Cherry & Thyme Jam
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Black Cherry And Thyme Jam

Recipe Category: Jam
Makes enough for: 1 batch jam
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 250 g frozen black cherries
  • 10 stalks fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 80 g honey
  • 15 mls lemon juice
  • 7 g apple pectin


  • Put all of the ingredients into a medium sized saucepan
  • Put the heat on high and as soon as the cherries have defrosted mash them lightly with a potato masher
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Stir occasionally
  • Put the lid on and turn to mix
  • Allow to cool before refrigerating

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29 thoughts on “Black Cherry And Thyme Jam

  1. I have tried thyme stalks in a few thinks lately and love the flavour but hate that you end up with the little pieces of wood like stalks which get in your teeth and give a negative eating experience. Think ill steer clear of this recipe in future

  2. I grow my own thyme and most of the regular fresh herbs, so would never buy them. I’m buying parsley at the moment because I had a parsley failure last season though. Because we have so much I would probably not bother to use up leftover herbs, but just chuck them back into the garden as mulch or feed them to the bunnies! The jam looks luscious!

    1. My parsley also failed and Dave killed some of my coriander. I will replant everything as soon as the rain goes away 🙂

  3. A lovely easy honey sweetened black cherry & theme jam recipe! Love these insulair flavour combinations too! MMMMMM! Another must try!

  4. What a delicious sounding combination. I grow as many herbs as I can every year. There is nothing like going outside to pick what you need! I love the look of your bread, too.

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