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Crab apple jelly at the vicarage

Vicars have nothng better to do with their time but make crab apple jelly.

Outside St James Church is a wondrous tree – a crab apple tree called John Downie with bright and lush looking  fruit:


And here is the vicarage attempt to make crab apple jelly:

crab apple jelly two

Hey – I bet you are all impressed! Cool jelly bag suspended by string from the cooker. And, if you want to have a try whilst listening to the Ashes Test on Long Wave ( after church of course) here is the recipe courtesy of Waitrose:

Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 1 hour 20 minutes
Total time : 1 hour 40 minutes

( Not sure about those times above!)

Makes: 6 x 500ml jars


4 kg crab apples
1 kg caster sugar
1 lemon, juiced


  1. Wash the apples, remove the blossom heads and cut out any bruised bits. Put in a saucepan, fill with water to cover the apples and bring to the boil. Simmer for 25 minutes until the fruit is soft. Pour the pulp into a jelly bag or several layers of muslin and let drip overnight into a pan beneath. Don’t squeeze the bag, it will cloud the jelly.
  2. The next day, measure the juice, and combine with sugar at the ratio of 10 parts juice to 7 sugar. Add the lemon, then bring to the boil to dissolve the sugar. Keep at a rolling boil for 35–40 minutes, skimming off the froth regularly. To test, chill a dessertspoon in the fridge. When the jelly is set, it will solidify on the back of the spoon. Pour into warm, sterilised preserving jars and tightly seal while still slightly warm. Store in a cool dark place.

bottle piccie

That is what its meant to look like….

( PS,  first you have to pick some crab apples – if you want to pick any from the Little Paxton Churchyard tree you have apparantly to ask the vicar and churchwardens for permission otherwise you have to get a faculty for each fruit)

August 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. So are you making it for the jam stall at the Village Fayre?

    Comment by Peter Hagger | August 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Are crab apples edible?

    Comment by Geraldine | November 21, 2009 | Reply

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