The magic of Turkish breakfasts often lies in its vast array of condiments, and the “Vişne Reçeli” or sour cherry jam, is a radiant jewel among them. Celebrated for its perfect balance of tartness and sweetness, this jam captures the essence of summer in a jar. A traditional favorite, it’s not just a spread but a story of Turkish summer mornings. Let’s embark on this delightful culinary journey to craft our own Vişne Reçeli.
Total Active Preparation and Cooking Time: ~40-45 minutes Total Passive Time (Resting): 6-8 hours or overnight
1-Preparation: Begin by washing the sour cherries thoroughly. Pit them and set aside.
2-Layering: In a large, deep pot, create layers of sour cherries and sugar. Start with a layer of cherries at the bottom, followed by a sprinkle of sugar, and repeat until all ingredients are in the pot.
3-Resting Time: Allow this layered mix to rest for at least 6-8 hours, or preferably overnight. This process will draw out the natural juices from the cherries, forming a syrup.
4-Cooking the Jam: After the resting time, place the pot on medium heat. As the mixture heats up, you'll notice a frothy layer forming on the surface. Skim this off using a slotted spoon.
5-Add Lemon Juice: When the jam starts to boil, stir in the lemon juice and a pinch of salt. The lemon juice not only adds a touch of brightness but also helps in setting the jam.
6-Test the Consistency: After approximately 20-25 minutes of simmering, test the consistency by placing a drop of the jam on a cold plate. If it wrinkles slightly when pushed with a fingertip, it's ready.
7-Bottling: Remove the jam from heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Pour it into sterilized jars while still hot, seal immediately, and allow them to cool at room temperature.
Vişne Reçeli is more than just a jam; it's an ode to the fleeting beauty of Turkish summers. Each spoonful on a slice of warm bread brings back memories of sun-drenched cherry orchards and tranquil mornings. Whether you’re enjoying it as part of a lavish Turkish breakfast or as a simple treat on toast, this jam is sure to transport you straight to the heart of Turkey. Store, savor, and let the taste of summer linger all year round!