Magazine article Sunset

Spreadable Heat

Magazine article Sunset

Spreadable Heat

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Add chilies to a simple jelly to wake up taste buds

Why make chili-flavor jellies from scratch when there's a quicker way? Start with apple jelly. It's mild and unobtrusive, so you can jazz it up, even with fireball habaneros. You can easily control the heat of this chili by trimming out its veins. In doing so, you'll allow the unique floral taste of the habaneros to come through and make a jelly that's gentle enough to enjoy on breakfast toast. It's also a great house gift.

Hasty Habanero Jelly

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 25 minutes

NOTES: Other fresh chilies that work are West Indian hot (as hot as habaneros); milder but still hot cayenne, Fresno, jalapeno, Santa Fe grande, and serrano; and milder-still Hungarian wax. If desired, double the amount of milder ones.

MAKES: 4 jars; 10 ounces each

About ll/2 ounces habanero chilies

1 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

4 jars (10 oz. each) apple jelly

1. Rinse chilies and cut off stem ends. …

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