Although it’s September, pumpkin everything is appearing all over, and fall routines are back in the swing of life, it’s still summer for a couple more weeks.
So you bet that means I’m using all the fresh summer produce I can, especially before all the fresh flavors disappear in the Minnesota winter.
This Simple Roasted Tomato Jam is really easy to make, it just requires some extra roasting time in the oven to let the juices caramelize and to break down those plump tomatoes.
The tomatoes themselves are mixed together with some sugar, salt, cinnamon (use more or less depending on how sweet/warm you’d like your jam!), a dash of red pepper flakes, and some apple cider vinegar – it helps the tomatoes break down the sugar.
As I said, it all roasts together for about 2 hours. You will want to line the pan with foil and try not to use too large of a baking sheet because the sugars will caramelize and may stick to your pan. It is key – as tempting as it is – to not let it roast for too much longer than recommended, or the jam will become super sticky and thick when it cools.
Simple Roasted Tomato Jam turns out to be slightly sweet mixture with a surprising amount of texture. The skins are left on the tomatoes, but they still break down and become soft, adding volume and a bit of chew to the jam.
Really, it’s end-of-summer perfection. Whether it’s spread on a crostini and cheese appetizer, toast with eggs, or eaten by the spoonful, you cannot go wrong.
Simple Roasted Tomato Jam
- 1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Line a lipped, medium-sized baking sheet with foil. Cut the ends off of tomatoes and quarter them. Toss with remaining ingredients and spread evenly on baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 2 hours, give or take 15 minutes, and stirring 1-2 times during cooking process. As mentioned, sugars may over caramelize in the corners - this is ok, and you may stir some of it in. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. The jam will thicken as it cools.