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Caramel Apple Jam Recipe
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Caramel Apple Jam Recipe

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I created this recipe one year when I had excess apples. The brown sugar gives the jam a wonderful caramel taste. I'm a retired master baker and cook who enjoys preparing Southern dishes for my wife of 48 years, two sons and five grandchildren. —Robert Atwood, West Wareham, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 10 min.
MAKES:56 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 10 min.
MAKES: 56 servings


  • 6 cups diced peeled apples (1/8-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 83 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the apples, water, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook and stir over low heat until apples are tender. Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into seven hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 7 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Caramel Apple Jam in Cookin' Up Country Breakfasts Cookbook 1994, p50

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 83 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"Oh lordy this is sweet, I understand that jams are full of sugar but this takes it to another diabetes-inducing level, sorry , this recipe just isn't for me..."

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"i never try yet , but i would love make it for my wedding give aways, can use the apples with out peeling it???"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"Would like to see more recipes like this using Splenda or something else other than sugar.

We that need to cut down on sugar like to have things like this also. Thanks!! :)"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"this was way easier to make than apple butter and tasted just like it but better because of the apple chunks. I also used apple cider instead of water-1 cup and half light brown sugar half dark. it had a deep rich color. this is a definite keeper jam recipe for me."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"This was really easy to prepare. I agree with the other reviewers in that I added about another half cup of water. The apples off my trees weren't as juicy, so more water was good. Also it is mighty sweet. Next time I think I might cut back a little on the white sugar like maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup less then 3. I had used a combo of dark and light brown sugar too. This would be really good with biscuits or homemade bread. It's got a nice flavor."

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