We promise this is the easiest strawberry jam recipe ever!

No need for you to bother with thermometers or sterilising equipment to make your own delicious strawberry jam. All you need is some fresh fruit and an hour to spare. This simple recipe uses just three ingredients and you'll have five gooey pots of gorgeousness ripe for slathering on your (hot and buttery) toast.

Now, what to do with all that jam

Enjoy the fruits of your labour with these tasty tips and recipe ideas:

 

Bake into muffins

Hide a teaspoon of jam in cupcakes for a sweet surprise: half-fill the cases with cake mixture, drop in a teaspoon of jam, then top with more mixture and bake.

 

Jammy glaze

Jam makes a sticky, shiny glaze for sweet or savoury dishes: brush jam onto chicken, duck or gammon towards the end of the roasting time for a tangy crust, or heat a few tablespoons in a saucepan and mix with icing sugar for a pretty pink drizzle on cakes.

 

Spicy fruity dip

Mix a teaspoon of jam with finely diced ginger, garlic, chilli, spring onions and soy sauce for a fruity, Asian-inspired dip.

 

Bake with cheese

Jam and cheese is a match made in heaven. Cover a whole (small!) Brie or Camembert with a thin layer of jam and bake on a low heat for 30-45 minutes. Scoop up with crusty French baguette – just try not to eat the whole thing yourself. 

 

Shake into salad dressing

Shake olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of strawberry jam together in a jar. Pour over a feta cheese and rocket salad. Virtuous never tasted so good.

 

Stir it into your tea

Yes, really. A teaspoon of jam stirred into black tea adds sweetness and an irresistible fruity flavour. The Russians have been doing it for years, apparently. Give it and go and tell us what you think.

 

Mix into meringues

Whip up these easy meringues then stir in two tablespoons of jam. It creates a gorgeous strawberry ripple effect, and tastes great in a pavlova topped with fresh berries.