Trinidad Sorrel Jam (Christmas Hibiscus Jam)
If you are tired of my Sorrel recipes as yet, here is another one for your recipe collection, Gluten Free Sorrel Jam, with a Sugar Free option of course.
If you’ve been following along with my Christmas treats and eats you will see that Sorrel has been at the top of my ingredient list this year. Last year, I was in Canada for Christmas so having fresh Sorrel was not an option. Even though this year I am missing my White Christmas I am grateful that I am able to use traditional Caribbean ingredients like sorrel to create fun and exciting recipes like they Gluten Free Sorrel Jam.
Making our Gluten Free Sorrel Jam
Just a quick reminder or for those who may not know, Sorrel or Roselle is a member of the hibiscus family. We see it mostly around Christmas time, and it’s a staple in almost every Caribbean house at Christmas. I have fond memories of sitting with a bowl cleaning sorrel to make my Granny’s Sorrel Juice. Which luckily is a by product of making my Sorrel Jam.
To make our Sorrel Jam we first boil the sorrel like you would when making juice. Then we strainoff the liquid, reserve some for making the jam and then sweeten the rest for drinking over ice, or making our Ponche de Noel Christmas Punch.
Once we’ve strained the sorrel, we reserved the petals add some liquid along with spices and sugar to make a delicious Christmas Jam that is perfect for toast, cookies and even serving on some Gluten Free Pancakes.
We’ve also made it using Xylitol as a replacement for sugar and created a sugar free jam that is perfect for those on a low sugar diet like me.