Caramel Apple Jam



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 lbs apples (preferably of mixed variety), peeled, cored, cut into 3/4” chunks
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Jam is the perfect topper on your toast and even dip for some of your favorite fruits.

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  • Yield
    4 servings
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  • Cuisine
  • In Category
    Side Dish, Breakfast
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  1. Bring sugar and 3 tbsp water to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Boil, swirling pan occasionally and brushing down sides of pan, until mixture turns a deep amber color, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add apples and vanilla bean and stir to coat. Add spices like cinnamon sticks, ground clove, or fresh grated ginger if wanting.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally to help the apples cook evenly and dissolve any pieces of caramel.
  5. Continue to cook until apples are translucent and softened and most of the liquid has evaporated, 20–25 minutes.
  6. Add lemon juice and stir to combine.
  7. Discard vanilla bean and store apple jam in a glass jar or container in the fridge for up to one month.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 300
  • Fat Content: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol Content: 0mg
  • Sodium Content: 16mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 79.4g
  • Fiber Content: 4.1g
  • Sugar Content: 68.2g
  • Protein Content: 0.2g