Cranberry & sweet chilli jam

Add some spice to your Christmas dinner with this cross between a chutney, chilli jam and cranberry sauce. The amount of chilli you use will determine how hot the jam is


  • 500g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • finger-sized piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3-4 red chillies, roughly chopped (deseeded if you don’t like it too hot)
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 100ml red wine vinegar



    1. Tip half the cranberries, the ginger and chillies into a food processor and whizz until very finely chopped. Scrape into a heavy-bottomed pan and add the remaining cranberries along with the sugar and vinegar, then bring everything to the boil, skimming off any scum that comes to the surface. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and keep cooking for about 20-30 mins, stirring occasionally.
    2. Once the jam is starting to become sticky, continue cooking for a further 5 mins, stirring frequently so that the mixture doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan. It should look like a thick, bubbling lava. Cool slightly, then transfer to sterilised jars and leave to cool completely. Will keep for three months in a cool, dark place; keep in the fridge once opened.