Have you had the Medlar Sandwich yet?
The star of the sandwich is a jam we make from medlars. A medlar is a fruit that grows on a tree and comes into season in the winter. You can’t eat medlars right from the tree – they have to be fermented (or “bletted” – definitely in the running for worst word ever!) in order to become delicious. We undertake that deliciousness-process at the HUB in East Cambridge.
This year when we finished fermenting the medlars, we took out the fruit, which was sweet, wine-y, and soft. We made our jam as usual. But when we started simmering it, the consistency was off. It was much too watery, and seemed more like apple butter than jam. We discovered that we had forgotten to put 90% of the sugar that the recipe called for.
Michelle was at the kitchen that day and captured some footage of the un-meddled-with jam:
Luckily due to some quick thinking/math from our wonderful kitchen team, we were able to add the right amount of sugar, then heat it to 220 degrees F.
It set up perfectly, phew! Get your Medlar Sandwich while you can – this one has an extremely limited run so it’s available only on the app for the time being.