Summer season is coming to a close and the local berries are at their peak. I cooked this 12 jar batch at my bakery in the Chelsea Market today. Once they cool, I am going to sell them at the counter. If you happen to be lucky enough to snag one, hooray! In preparation for my new book, pub date Fall 2014, I have been making all sorts of "quick jams". This deliciousness is composed of my favorite seasonal fruit— figs (grown in Brooklyn) and local blackberries (from the East End). To those, I added Valencia juice oranges and a touch of fresh pineapple and— there you have it, "End of Summer Fruit Fantasy Marmalade".
FRUIT FANTASY MARMALADE
(makes approximately 12- half-pint jars)
4 Valencia juice oranges, cut in half, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
4 cups cut figs, fresh, cut in pieces, about three pints
1 pint blackberries,
1 cup chopped pineapple
8 cups sugar
Combine the oranges and orange juice, in a heavy duty pot and simmer on low heat until almost tender. Add the figs, blackberries, and pineapple and bring to a boil on medium heat. Simmer about 10-15 minutes. Add the sugar and bring to a boil on a medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the juices have thickened and the fruits are tender, stirring as necessary, about 15 minutes. Fill sterilized jars, cover with lids and process them if you are saving them for a snowy day. If you like, skip the processing, pop the jars in the fridge when cool, and give a few away.