Tried and tasted

The Bor­ough Belles WI put these pre­serves through their paces

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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

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