Summer is in full swing, a little too much for my taste. I am a typical Central European gal – anything between 15 and 25 °C is great, anything below too cold, anything above too hot. Go figure where I should live… Nevertheless, it is also the time of the year to lock all those summery flavours up for the cold winter to come (and you know that winter IS coming!).
That’s why I would like to share with you a recipe for a super-summery, tropical jam today. I found various recipes under the name of monkey butter, and I quite loved the name. Sounds cute, a bite like curious George, having a toast for breakfast, with some monkey butter jam on top. Why monkey butter? Because it involves bananas (yes, the minions would like it too). Now I have read different accounts of why you shouldn’t use bananas in jams, as they would go bad. But I have made this recipe various times and never had a problem. Maybe the pineapple and lime provide enough acidity.
Here is what you need:
5 quite ripe bananas
350 gr (12 oz.) pineapple pieces (you can also use canned ones – they have more sugar and less vitamins, but hey…)
1/2 cup shredded, desiccated coconut
2 cups of sugar (white or brown sugar work well)
2 limes (their zest and their juice)
First, put a big pot on the stove and put the pineapple pieces, the coconut, the sugar and the lime zest and juice in. Then cut the bananas in smallish pieces on top. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring it frequently with a wooden spoon. If it sticks too much to the bottom of the pot, add 1/4 cup of water. Once it has boiled for a couple of minutes, use your stick blender to mix it up. You can make the mass either really smooth (which I prefer) or leave it a bit chunkier. Boil and stir for another 5 to 7 minutes, until the jam has a consistency that you like. You can then fill the bubbling jam into sterilised jam jars (I use jars with a screw top, and put them closed upside down on the counter for about 30 minutes – once they cool, a vacuum builds). And you’re done! One you open a jar, store in your fridge and consume timely.
Big and little monkeys like monkey butter on their toast, on pancakes, in cakes, stirred into yogurt or müsli. Enjoy!