Chai Spice Apple Jam

by | Oct 16, 2020 | Breakfast, Condiments, Dips & Spreads, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Recipes, Sweets

Mmmmm the amazing smell that spreads from the kitchen to the whole house when I make this jam is just.. mmmmmm… so good! Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg come together with beautiful apples for an amazing jam – perfect on a piece of toast, on a cracker with a slice of nut cheeze, in your morning oatmeal, or just on a spoon…!


Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 minutes
Makes 1½ cups


Nut free Gluten free



  • 4 medium McIntosh apples* (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • A pinch of ground pepper
  • A pinch of salt

Optional Add ons:

  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • ½ cup roughly chopped walnuts



Dice the apples (I keep the peel on).

Place all ingredients into a heavy bottomed pot and mix well (if you are adding rose water or walnuts, don’t add those yet). Cover with a lid.

Cook on low-medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 more minutes.

Check the jam – it should have a nice soft texture (if you use other apples, it could take up to an hour). Once the apples have a soft texture, remove from heat.

If adding rose water and/or walnuts, add now and mix well.

Transfer into clean jars, and keep in the fridge (you can also freeze it once it cools down).

*McIntosh apples (I get mine from The Apple Lady at the farmers’ market) are best for this delicacy as they cook quickly and have a perfect texture for this recipe. You can use other apples, but they will take much longer to cook.

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