makes about eight 250mL jars
80 ounces ripe crabapples
5 cups cold water
7 1/2 cups sugar
1 pouch (85mL) liquid pectin
1. Wash the crabapples and trim the stem and blossom ends off. Place the trimmed crabapples with the cold water in a stockpot. Bring it to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat and cover loosely. Cook for another 30 minutes with occasional stirring.
3. Transfer and drain the liquid through a jelly bag or strainer lined with several layers of dampened muslin/cheesecloth. Let the liquid drip for at least 2 hours or overnight. Do not be tempted to squeeze the fruit pulp or the resulting jelly will appear cloudy.
4. In a large stockpot, pour the extracted crabapple juice and sugar. Cook on a high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.
5.Bring the syrup to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. This is the critical stage at which the liquid pectin must be added. Stir in the pectin. Boil hard for 1 minute with constant stirring. Remove the stockpot from the stove and skim off any foam.
6. Quickly pour the jelly into hot sterile jars. Seal jars and place them in a canner until they are completely covered with water. Bring to a full boil and then process for another 10 minutes. Cool for another 5 minutes. Remove jars, cool, and store. The fully set jelly will be a peach pink in color.
crabapple jelly(jam) drop thumbprint cookies
about 20-25 cookies
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg gently beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
about 1/4 cup crabapple jelly or jam
1. Place the butter and sugar into the mixing bowl of an electric stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment with the mixer set to medium speed, cream the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes till completely smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and salt together. Keep aside.
3. Beat the egg and vanilla into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed.
4. Add half of the whisked flour and salt mixture to the batter with constant mixing. Repeat this till all the flour is combined.
5. Transfer the cookie batter to a smaller bowl and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate the batter for at least 4 hours to overnight.
6. The batter will be stiffer now and scoop out about two tablespoons of dough to make a ball about an inch in diameter with your hands.
7. At this point you can melt/warm the crabapple jelly in a microwave for a minute or keep it in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. This will liquefy the jelly a little, making it easy to pour into the cookie well.
8. Press the ball in the center with a wet thumb or finger just deep enough to make a well. (The well should not pass through the cookie or be too close to the bottom)
9. Spoon in a little melted crabapple jelly into the center of the well.
10. Place a wire rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Place the cookies on a baking sheet prelined with baking paper. Space the cookies about 1.5 inches apart from each other. Bake the cookies in the oven for about 20 minutes till the edges just begin to turn golden. Immediately, remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them onto a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container with a sheet of wax paper between each layer of cookies.