I have written about white pepper before but today I want to dedicate this page to a lovely pink lady – the pink peppercorn. She is somewhat of a foxy, seductive siren. Always dressed up and ready for any occasion … wonderfully pink with so many fabulous and flavourful guises. Who would have thought that she is actually a type of dried berry with a peppery taste and not technically a peppercorn? Her French name is “baie rose” – translated in English to pink berry.
I decided to combine two berries together – the strawberry and the pink peppercorn. This is undoubtedly one of the better combinations I have tasted. It is sophisticated – the sweet and tartness of the strawberry jam dallied with the ever-tempting pepperiness of the pink peppercorn. It is kind of like the Thelma and Louise of the berry world, a wicked pairing of the unconventional with the traditional – if you like pop it on a scone, add a fresh strawberry, a dash of sour cream and a finish it with an extra peppercorn or two … taste how the taste is catapulted into another dimension.
Strawberries are in season … so get out there an get some … a jar of pink peppercorn strawberry jam will make a special gift … but warn your gran first – as the taste could blow her socks off!
Note: I use half the normal amount of sugar (I don’t like the jam being too sweet), always add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
- 800g Strawberries – cut into halves
- 400g Sugar
- 2 ½ t Pink peppercorns
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- Put all ingredients in pot. Put on low heat until the sugar has melted and starts to boil.
- Then put on medium-high and cook for 25 minutes.
- If foam has formed on the top of the jam just scoop it off if necessary.
- Bottle in jars or just tuck in.
I bought mine from PnP in cape town – most big supermarkets have them. Look at woolworths as well.
Then – yes the normal amount of sugar is 800g – so I used half – 400 grams.
Let me know what you think.
Where can you buy the pink pepper?
Your recipe state 400g of sugar, is this the half or would you sugest to rather use only 200g of sugar?
What a great idea! Thinking of you so much x
And its so easy, thanks for popping in.
oh good lord, doesn’t this look fantastic???
Anel only you can come up with such a brilliant idea !!
What a fabulous gift that will make
The photo is abosolutely awesome
Lots of love
Mary Van Apeldoorn
lovely!!!! Going to try this with 2X cooked pork belly!!! awesome Anel as always!
The idea is awesome, the color and vibrancy of your photographs are simply breathtaking! I am in awe!
I really want that scone..NOW! I love this idea, nice pressies for Christmas too.