Cherry "under the influence" Jam

Cherry "under the influence" Jam
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40


  • 4 cups frozen black cherries
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2 t. brandy
  • 1 1/2 T. Ball Flex batch pectin (1 pack powdered low sugar/no sugar pectin)


  • Combine in dutch oven the frozen cherries and brandy. Cook until the cherries are softened, for about 25 minutes and the mixture is beginning to boil. Add the sugar, zest, and lemon juice and return recipe to a boil.
  • Now there are two ways to finish this jam. First you can take an emersion blender and breakdown many of the cherries so that you have a smoother jam or using a potato masher you can leave some of the cherries whole. I chose the latter.
  • Once at a boil add pectin and continue at a boil for one minute.  Take the recipe off the heat and add the additional brandy, stir in and ladle into your prepared 2 half pint jars, lids, and rings.
  • Ladle the recipe into the jars leaving 1/4" headspace. Process in water bath at a full boil for 10 minutes.
  • Yields 2 half pints.   


My second recipe I had been waiting to do for about a week. I got sick and had to put it on the back burner but wanted to try this flavor combination for fun. Cherries are not my favor fruit but wanted to have a jam in my recipe book. I needed to up the level of taste and consulted with my hubby and came up with Brandy! Here is the result of a coordinated effort:
Keyword Cherry Jam