Blueberry-Maple Spoon Fruit

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: Four 8-ounce jars
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Ingredients

2 lemons

8 cups fresh blueberries (about 2 2/3 pounds), picked over

1/2 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade A)

2 cups sugar

Directions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the lemons in wide strips, leaving the bitter white pith behind. Squeeze the lemon juice through a strainer into a large, wide saucepan.
  2. Add 3 1/2 cups blueberries, the lemon zest, maple syrup and sugar and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, 6 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy or deep-fry thermometer registers 220 degrees F, 30 to 40 minutes (reduce the heat if the mixture is sticking to the pan). Remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize four 8-ounce canning jars and lids.
  4. Return the blueberry mixture to medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring, then add the remaining 4 1/3cups blueberries. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until those berries are tender but still hold their shape, 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Fill the jars with the blueberry mixture, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, then seal and process.