Rhubarb and Angelica Jam

Rhubarb and Angelica Jam
Rhubarb and Angelica Jam
Rhubarb and Angelica JamChristina Holmes

Claire Ptak of London's Violet Bakery (and the author of the bakery's cookbook) likes mixing angelica, a distinct, licorice-like herb, and Chartreuse with tart rhubarb because it cuts the sweetness of the sugar and lends a more complex flavor. Look for angelica fresh at botanical stores and plant nurseries, or in its dried form on starwest-botanicals.com.

Rhubarb and Angelica Jam
Angelica, the herb used as a main flavoring component of Chartreuse, adds a distinct anise aroma and flavor to this sweet-and-tart rhubarb jam.
Yield: makes 2 cups
Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lb. rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 3/4 cups)
  • 1 34 cups plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 small angelica stalks (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. Chartreuse
  • Sweet Cream Scones, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rhubarb with half the sugar, toss to coat, and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Add the remaining sugar to the pan along with the angelica and lemon juice, stir to combine, and place the pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Stir in the Chartreuse and continue cooking until the jam is thickened and beginning to stick to the bottom of the pan, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the jam into a bowl and let cool completely. Store the jam, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.