Spicy Mango Jam

An easy, delicious jam recipe full of sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Great for spreading, baking and giving as gifts!

Spicy Mango Jam by Giraffes Can Bake - easy, delicious homemade jam with sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Great for spreading, baking and gift giving

 


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Jam, jelly, preserves, whatever you want to call them – jam making is a delicious skill to have under your belt! And it’s a skill that’s really easy to master! I love jam, there’s so many different ways you can use it, but it’s something I thought was really hard or awkward to make. I have made a jam once before, a fig jam, and it was delicious, but I wouldn’t consider it real jam – it’s more of a thick fig sauce I guess. This Spicy Mango Jam is my first real jam, and it was a big success!

Spicy Mango Jam by Giraffes Can Bake - easy, delicious homemade jam with sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Great for spreading, baking and gift giving

 

Photo courtesy of Kitchen Craft UK

Photo courtesy of Kitchen Craft UK

To start me off on my jam making journey, the wonderful people at Kitchen Craft sent me their awesome Home Made Preserving Starter Set {affiliate link} to try out! It has everything you need to get started making jam, including; a huge Maslin pan so you’re not limited in the amount of jam you make; 6 x 454ml jars to preserve your preserves in; a stainless steel jam funnel for optimal sterilisation; a jam thermometer to make sure you heat your jam to the correct temperature; a pack of fabric jar covers to make your jam perfect for gift giving and; a pack of labels so you know what’s in your jars (very useful because you’ll be making so much jam once you get this kit you won’t be able to keep track!). It really is a great kit and I would 100% recommend to anybody who wants to get started in making jam – it has everything you need! The only problem you’ll have is deciding what to preserve/jam next, that’s my problem right now! 

Spicy Mango Jam by Giraffes Can Bake - easy, delicious homemade jam with sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Great for spreading, baking and gift giving

Mangoes are a great thing to be preserving right now, so you have the sweet, tropical taste of summer all year around! And if you add some chili  to the mix, you’ve got a really delicious jam to keep you happy throughout the winter months – if you can make it last that long, you’ll want to spread this on everything and anything! My original plan was Mango and Jalapeno jam but I couldn’t get my hands on jalapeno – so I used serrano peppers instead as they’re very similar, and it yielded really delicious results! I grilled (broiled to you Americans!) the peppers first to add some depth to the flavour – one tip I have for you though is make sure you pierce the skin before putting them under the grill or they will explode on you, I found that out the hard way, oops! I used 5 peppers in this jam, but feel free to adjust the amount based on your tastes. 5 was just perfect for me, it didn’t overpower the sweeteness and flavour from the mango but it still had a wonderful, pleasant heat to it. Yum!

Spicy Mango Jam
Easy, homemade jam with sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Perfect for spreading, baking and gift giving
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Ingredients
  1. 5 serrano chillies
  2. 1125g mango flesh, approx 4 mangoes - half ripe, half semi ripe.
  3. 600g sugar
  4. 200ml water
  5. 2 limes, juice
  6. 2 lemons, juice
Instructions
  1. Pierce the skin of your peppers and grill/broil under a medium high heat for 10-15 minutes, until blistered and charred. Remove from grill and cool slightly. Remove skin and roughly chop up flesh.
  2. Cut up mangoes into medium chunks. Put the mangoes and chili (including seeds) in the maslin, along with the sugar, water and lime and lemon juice.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 hours, until mango is soft and the mixture has reached a temperature of 150C/220F. Remove from heat.
  4. Using a funnel, pour the jam into your sterilised jams while it's still hot. Seal and leave to cool for 24 hours.
  5. Label and store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. Jam will last longer if you use a canning method.
Notes
  1. You can sterilise your jars by washing with warm soapy water and rinsing clean. Then dry in an oven heated to 140C/250C for 15-20 minutes. Add the hot jam to the jars while they're still hot from the oven to avoid breakages.
  2. The lids can be sterilised by boiling in water for 10 minutes. If you have kilner jars with rubber seals, remove those and add to the water once the heat has been turned off.
  3. Recipe can be doubled as needed. Serrano peppers can be subbed for jalapenos
  4. The lemon juice is added so no pectin is needed.
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As I said before, this spicy mango jam is perfect for so many things. It’s great for giving as a gift, homemade gifts are always the best as you can see the amount of thought and effort put into it – plus, they’ll love how tasty it is! I can think of a big handful of friends who would love to get this jam, how about you? If you keep some for yourself, you’ll find lots of ways to use it. It’s great spread on toast at breakfast time, I also used some in a recipe I will share with you very soon. I think my favourite way to eat it so far though is with cheese toast – spread a layer of this jam on your toast, add a layer of mature cheddar and then place under the grill/broiler until the cheese is melted – delicious! It would also be great in a grilled cheese sandwich of course! There’s many other delicious ways to enjoy it too I’m sure, how would you use it?

Spicy Mango Jam by Giraffes Can Bake - easy, delicious homemade jam with sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Great for spreading, baking and gift giving

I’ve definitely got the jam making bug now! My Kitchen Craft preserving kit will definitely be getting a lot of use, my only problem is deciding what flavour jam to make next! I’m thinking maybe something a little more traditional, like a good Strawberry jam – if you know of any good recipes, please pop me a link! What’s your favourite flavour jam to make or eat? The sky really is my limit with this preserving kit and my new found jam making skill! I can’t wait to get stuck in! So, tell me, what’s the first thing you’d make with this preserving kit?

Spicy Mango Jam by Giraffes Can Bake - easy, delicious homemade jam with sweet mangoes and spicy serrano peppers. Great for spreading, baking and gift giving

 

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25 comments

  1. Kaila (GF Life 24/7) says:

    Yum! We love making our own jams here! We haven’t made a mango jam yet though, and mango is one of my favorite flavors! Also, your decorations are beautiful. Thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week, it’s one of my favorite days on the blogosphere! 🙂

  2. Judi Graber says:

    I wondered what the “spicy” was – hot serrano peppers. I love sweet and hot combined in a jam. Happy Fiesta Friday and so much fun co-hosting with you Michelle 🙂

  3. Justine says:

    ok this looks amazing already printed it off. I have so many jars with sticky labels on that just wont come off, really annoying, do you know any great tricks for this? x

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