Traditionally spread on toast, Victoria sponge or scones or used to fill jam tarts, good old-fashioned strawberry jam is far more versatile than you might think. If you have a glut of strawberries leaving you with preserving jars full of strawberry jam coming out of your ears, or you simply love the stuff and want to do something more interesting with it, here are some options.
Strawberry Cream Fairy Cakes
Take a batch of classic fairy cakes, slice off the top of each and cut in half to make the fairy wings. Take 250g of mascarpone cheese, two tablespoons of strawberry jam and one tablespoon of icing sugar and combine thoroughly to make soft, pink cream. Fill the top of each fairy cake with the cream and put the wings in. Top each cake with half a strawberry.
Make up a basic flapjack mix. Pour half the mixture into the baking tin, spread over a layer of strawberry jam and then pour over the remaining mixture before baking for a fruity twist on a classic.
Strawberry Creme Brulee
Add a good dollop of strawberry jam to the bottom of each ramekin before adding the crème brulee mix. Use glass ramekins so you can see the delicious, colourful layer of jam at the bottom.
Mix up some muffin dough and half fill each muffin case. Add a teaspoonful of strawberry jam to each muffin before filling each case with the remaining dough and baking, for a moist, fruity-centred snack.
Strawberry Fumble in Preserving Jars
Make up a classic crumble topping and bake on a sheet until crisp and golden. Mix 100ml of plain yoghurt with two tablespoons of icing sugar, a few drops of vanilla essence and 200ml of whipped cream. Using preserving jars so you can see the colourful effect, add a layer of strawberry jam, followed by a layer of vanilla cream and a layer of crumble. Repeat so you have two tiers and top each jar with a strawberry.
Summer Fruit Salsa
In a large bowl, mix in some kiwis, apples, raspberries and strawberries, all chopped into small pieces. Add a tablespoon of caster sugar and two tablespoons of strawberry jam, mix well and chill in the refrigerator. Serve with brandy snaps to dip.
Strawberry Preserving Jars
If you want to give jam as a gift, decorate preserving jars by using glass paint to paint on some strawberries or embroider felt strawberries onto a fabric jar cover. Alternatively, use a gingham cover but tie with some strawberry printed ribbon. You should be able to find the fabrics and other equipment in any good craft shop.