Rhubarb Raspberry Jam

Rhubarb is definitely a summertime treat. I have definitely learned to appreciate it better this year. I’ve made my Dad’s famous Rhubarb Rolls, and my sisters and I made some Strawberry Rhubarb Bars. When I needed a second Jam recipe for steph chows Jam Exchange, I started searching the Internet and quickly decided I wanted to try a rhubarb jam.

This site has a huge list of rhubarb jams and jellies. I decided on the rhubarb-raspberry jam partially because it has cardamom in it. Cardamom is a pretty random spice. The first I had heard of it was at a Vegan Cupcake Class I took last year. We had cardamom frosting on our chai spice cupcakes. It was awesome. Cardamom has a citrus-ey nutmeg-ey kind of flavor that kicks everything up a notch.

When I was at Penzey’s a couple weeks ago, I grabbed a small jar hoping to find something to make with it (btw, the clerk said he likes to sprinkle cardamom on his coffee). So the next day when I was looking for jam recipes, the thought of cardamom was fresh in my mind.

If you like rhubarb, you’ll love this jam. It has the tartness of the rhubarb countered by the sweetness of the raspberry. When Hubby tried it, he said “tastes like rhubarb… and raspberry…” I hope the person I sent my jams to enjoys them!

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Rhubarb-Raspberry Jam

Yield: 4 8oz jars

Ingredients:

4 cups 1-inch pieces fresh rhubarb (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2-pint raspberries
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Directions:

Combine rhubarb pieces, sugar and fresh lemon juice in heavy large Dutch oven. Cover and refrigerate until juices form, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours or overnight.

Bring rhubarb mixture to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil until rhubarb mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Add raspberries and boil until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes longer. Remove jam from heat. Stir in ground cardamom. Cool jam completely. (Jam can be made 1 week ahead. Store in covered container in refrigerator.)

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9 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars”

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    newlywed — September 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    As a teacher, I still get nervous for the first day of school! Same butterflies in my tummy I had for the first day of high school 🙂
    The look SO yummy, hope to try making them soon.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 6, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The flavor combination of PB&J always brings me back to my childhood. I loved the first day of school – new outfit, new backpack and school supplies…

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    Krystal — September 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Yum these look great Jen!! I totally agree on adding more jelly or jam to these…the ooey gooey of PB sticks to the roof of my mouth. Make sure to have milk if these bars are made! LOL

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    Ashley — September 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Tomorrow marks the first day of my eight year of teaching so I love your back to school post. I am bookmarking this recipe, love PB & J!

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    Boston Food Diary — September 7, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I have been obsessed with peanut butter lately and these look simply amazing….even if I’m not headed back to school! Yum!

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    Eliana — September 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

    These bars looks absolutely perfect.

    My favorite part of going back to school was (and I know I’m a nerd for saying this) was using new school supplies. My mom always got us the best pens, pencils, folders, binders, erasers…you name it. And whipping them out the first week of class was the best feeling ever.

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    nutmegnanny — September 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    This looks perfect for the back to school season! I’m a nanny so I know the little I watch would love to make these for herself and friends. I guess I know what we are doing tonight 🙂

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    Cupcake Activist — September 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    This is very similar to my favorite workout bar–Clif Mojo Peanut Butter & Jelly. Maybe I can start saving money and make my own bars. Thanks!

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    We Are Not Martha — September 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve made something similar before, but these look SO good my stomach is grumbling 🙂 Definitely bookmarking for soon! I miss the new outfits and seeing who’s in all your classes 🙂

    Sues

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