I turned a favorite classic dessert into a perfectly spreadable jam. This pineapple upside down cake jam has a WOW factor that you can’t get in any other jam. A fantastic pineapple jam base with sweet and warm tones that come from the brown sugar it is made with. Later stirring in the chopped maraschino cherries and almond extract gives this jam the last punch that makes it a upside down cake.
I have preserved a few great recipes with fresh pineapples. Like mentioned above, you have your basic pineapple jam. Then there is an adult version of pineapple jam made with coconut rum in my Pina Colada Jam. This homestead has also made a tart filling made with fresh pineapples. The Tropical Pineapple Pie Filling recipe is dynamite and great for making small tarts. Finally, how about adding carrots with some fresh pineapples. We have two great preserves; Carrot Cake Jam and Carrot Pineapple Marmalade.
Safely changing this recipe.
My pineapple upside down cake jam is not changed too much from the original pineapple jam recipe that has been tested. The ingredients that have been changed do not adjust the acidity to make this unsafe.
The sugar that makes jam safe to can is still at the same amount as the original recipe. It is just divided in half by brown sugar. In addition, the maraschino cherries came to me from another tested recipe, Ambrosia Conserve, made from Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving. Finally, adding any extract that is at most 1/2 tsp. is always safe for any recipe.
Cost of this recipe.
Pineapples can be pretty expensive to purchase at full price. Near us, it is not uncommon for one pineapple to cost between $4-5. So if you make this jam at full price then it will cost you about $13.71 for 8 half pint jars. Yikes! That is not cheap. Fortunately, I stock up on pineapples when they are not sale which is in January and February. I can buy them for $0.99 per pineapple. At this price my jam costs us around $7.71 for eight half pints or about $0.96 per half pint.
This canning recipe was modified from Pineapple Jam from Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving. All images and text are all my own and original to One Acre Vintage Homestead – Pumpkin Patch Mountain Homestead.
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