Caramel Apple Jam
Shortly before the birth of Christ, the Celtic lands were invaded and conquered by the Roman armies of Julius Caesar, thus Roman traditions were eventually blended into the practice of Samhain. The feast of the Roman goddess of Harvest Pomona was celebrated on November 1st, and her feasts consisted of apples, nuts, grapes and other concord fruits. To the Romans, the apple was the symbol of love and fertility. When this was combined with the aura of divination that surrounded the Celtic Samhain, the results were an enchanting mixture of magic and romance. Read about Apple Lore.
6 cups diced, peeled apples (1/8 inch cubes)
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp butter
1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
3 cups sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
In a large kettle, combine the apples, water and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until apples are soft. Stir in pectin and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg and return to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and skim off any foam. Ladle hot jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath.