This is my first post for Sweet Melissa Sunday and I’m so glad I got the chance to take part in this one! I’m not a big fan of preserves generally – mostly because I rarely bother to grab brekkie before work in the morning, and if I get the chance to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, my choice will always be big fat American-style pancakes with buckets of syrup (forget the wimpie crepes).. But this recipe for Strawberry Ruby Grapefruit Preserves was definitely a tasty suprise, so big big thanks to Margot from Effort to Deliciousness for choosing it! I made a half-batch and the whole process probably took about an hour, so I’ll definitely have a go with some of the other versions in the Sweet Melissa book – can’t wait to see how the Strawberry Rhubarb version that Hanaa made turned out. The grapefruit added a lovely zing, and seeing as my boyfriend gave it a thumbs up, it must be good – I’ve never seen him eat jam or preserves before and as I’ve already mentioned, he generally avoids anything without salt, chilli or cheese in it. But he dug into this stuff..!
I opted to make Dorie’s Cream Scones as an accompaniment, which was also a new one for me, and bought some Cornish clotted cream just to add a few thousand calories more… Well worth it. You can find the scone recipe on this lovely blog. I left out the suggested raisins and baked one round of 6 scones last night. I froze the second round and baked that this morning. I chose to limit the baking time to about 18-20 mins, and both the fresh & frozen batches turned out moist on the inside with nice golden crusts.
I’ve only had the traditional scones & cream once before – on holiday in North Devon with my boyfriend and his family. In my opinion, these turned out much better..! If you can get your hands on Cornish Clotted cream, make the jam & scones and load up.
Thanks again to the SMS bakers for letting me join in on the fun and offering such a warm welcome! Check out the SMS blogroll to see their interpretations of this week’s recipe!
p.s. MASSIVE THANKS to my brother for his jammin’ tips…