One of the best jam recipes I have ever made... Tastes almost exactly like the cake!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
41 mins
additional:
12 hrs
total:
12 hrs 56 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
8 half-pint jars
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Ingredients

64
Original recipe yields 64 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place crushed pineapple with juice, pears, carrots, flaked coconut, raisins, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a large pot over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pears are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

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  • Remove pot from heat and stir in pectin. Return to heat and bring to a full rolling boil, stirring frequently. Pour in sugar and bring back to a full boil. Cook jam for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim foam off the top.

  • Pack jam into hot, sterilized 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 the rims to remove any excess residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large pot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water 2 inches apart using a holder. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 5 minutes.

  • Remove the jars from the pot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart; cool undisturbed, at least 12 hours. Press the top of each lid with a finger to ensure that the seal is tight. Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts

96 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 23.8g 8% DV; fat 0.5g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 2.3mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
This jam is amazing! It really does taste like carrot cake in jam form. I included the optional coconut and golden raisins. I bought the ingredients and didn't get around to making the jam as planned, so when I decided to make it, I realized I did not have fresh pears. I substituted one cup of smooth, unsweetened applesauce. I didn't cook it for the initial 15-20 minutes because I didn't want to over cook the apples. I simply cooked it with the lid on until a lot of liquid was released. I also only used four cups of sugar and it is plenty sweet. Thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2020
I used this recipe to try and copy a jar of carrot cake jam from Potlicker Kitchen (if you think this recipe is good you clearly haven't tried this stuff!!) I used the coconut and raisins and 5c sugar but it was really more pineapple spice flavored than anything else and not as strongly as I'd like/the potlicker version. Next time I'm going to use at least 50% brown sugar if not more and add some vanilla solids or maybe paste and I'll let you know how it compares. I guess I've got to buy yet another jar of theirs to compare! Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
This jam is amazing! It really does taste like carrot cake in jam form. I included the optional coconut and golden raisins. I bought the ingredients and didn't get around to making the jam as planned, so when I decided to make it, I realized I did not have fresh pears. I substituted one cup of smooth, unsweetened applesauce. I didn't cook it for the initial 15-20 minutes because I didn't want to over cook the apples. I simply cooked it with the lid on until a lot of liquid was released. I also only used four cups of sugar and it is plenty sweet. Thank you! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2018
As suggested, I used a cup of applesauce in place of the pears - worked great! I used regular raisins, but wish I'd used the golden ones (these look like little bugs in my jam!) With those modifications, I got about 8 half pints. So tasty! Will absolutely make this again. **Added a year later** I just made the recipe as written. It was just as good, but a lot more work. I will continue making it - just with the applesauce as opposed to the pears. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2017
Totally different with carrots and raisons in jam....so worth your time making it. Going to make it for Christmas gifts! Very good on english muffins Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2017
Absolutely delicious! Probably one of the best jams I've ever had. However the next time I make it I'll prob cut the sugar to 5.5 or 6 cps very very sweet as written. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2017
Very tasty and different! A bit too sweet but next time I'll use 1 cup less sugar. Great as a holiday gift and treat. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2019
I did substitute unsweetened applesauce for the pears as some suggested but I also added one chopped pear for a bit of texture. I also cut the sugar to 3 cups (2 cups of white and 1 cup of light brown sugar). It does remind me of carrot cake which is exactly how it was described so my four stars isn't about it not tasting wonderful; I just prefer more savory or highly seasoned jams. I'd make it again and add additional spices. It's very pretty in the jar and will make a nice Christmas gift. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2018
This is really yummy. Serve on cream cheese Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/04/2020
I used this recipe to try and copy a jar of carrot cake jam from Potlicker Kitchen (if you think this recipe is good you clearly haven't tried this stuff!!) I used the coconut and raisins and 5c sugar but it was really more pineapple spice flavored than anything else and not as strongly as I'd like/the potlicker version. Next time I'm going to use at least 50% brown sugar if not more and add some vanilla solids or maybe paste and I'll let you know how it compares. I guess I've got to buy yet another jar of theirs to compare! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2017
It is a pretty quick and easy recipe. It tastes good but the pineapple seems to overpower the carrot flavor which makes it taste a bit more like a pineapple cake than a carrot one. Read More