A delicious homemade jam with sour cherries and a hint of almond from the Amaretto liqueur. Tastes great on toasted bread or as a filling for sandwich cookies or pastries.
- 3 pounds fresh sour cherries
- 1 (1.75 ounce) package fruit pectin (such as Sure-Jell® Pectin Light for less or no sugar)
- 3 cups white sugar
- ⅓ cup amaretto liqueur
- Inspect 5 cup-sized jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until jam is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.
- Wash and pit the cherries. Chop them finely. You should have about 5 cups. Place cherries in a large saucepan and slowly bring to a boil over low-medium heat. Stir in pectin and slowly bring mixture to a full rolling boil. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Return to a full rolling boil on high heat and boil for exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Skim off any foam with a ladle or a large spoon.
- Remove from heat and stir in amaretto liqueur.
- Ladle sour cherry jam into the prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims with a moist paper towel to remove any spills. Top with lids and tightly screw on rings.
- Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 10 minutes.
- Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart. Let rest for 24 hours without moving the jars. Gently press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.