When the blush red stalks of rhubarb begin to fill the market stalls, it's a sign that spring is finally here. Puckeringly tart, fibrous, and juicy, rhubarb is made for adding dimension and depth to sweets.
Recipe developer Jasmine Smith likes to pair rhubarb with a classic partner, strawberries, to bring a brightening acidity to this luscious jam. Strawberries' natural sugars and pectin also help the jam set after boiling. Choose crisp, thin stalks of young rhubarb that are firm, not wilting or woody, for the best flavor and texture.
This easy homemade jam replicates the classic sweet-tart pie filling of rhubarb and strawberries with an extra boost of flavor and aroma from grated orange zest and real vanilla beans. To amp up that vanilla, leave the halved pod in the jam overnight before removing and discarding. Serve the jam on buttery biscuits or drizzle it over sundaes. Fresh or frozen rhubarb works well here; freeze fresh stalks during their short spring season.