Tried and tasted
The Borough Belles WI put these preserves through their paces
The ladies of the WI get stuck into jams
Whether spread on toast or dolloped over a scone, good jam is one of life’s spirit-boosters. Sales of strawberry – which delivers the scent of summer and the taste of a Victoria sandwich – eclipse all other flavours, thanks in part (one imagines) to the WI. Though there’s always a place for apricot, raspberry and gooseberry in its members’ kitchens, the Women’s Institute most often defers to strawberry – both making it and baking with it – for its recipes. This week, we’ve passed the spoon to the Borough Belles branch in London, to test the best. ‘Baking is a brilliant way to pass on goodwill across the community,’ says Alison Pearce, its president. ‘Your choice of jam for a sponge is an important one: too thin and it’ll run out, too thick and it will be claggy.’ So which one will pass the taste test?
L-R: Becky, Johanna, Alison, Lisa, Susan, Grace, Anne, Amelia