When you ask someone from Arizona if they would like to try some strawberry pepper jam, the first thing that pops into their head is jalapeno peppers or Hatch or poblano or any of the plentiful peppers grown and eaten with abandon in the American Southwest. However, when the East India Company (yes, the original East India Company of colonial times and the Boston Tea Party) asked me if I would like to sample and review some of their jam, it was a completely different pepper they had added. Black pepper. And it was brilliant!
The jam has a great strawberry flavor. The pepper gives it a little punch in the aftertaste. It isn’t overwhelming, but keeps you wondering what just happened in your mouth.
Besides the Strawberry Pepper Jam, they sell other marmalades and jams, chocolates, mustards, teas, coffees, chutneys, flavored sugars and more. Their website is full of delights.
We have been eating this jam on toast, but to really showcase it’s uniqueness, I decided to make some stuffed French toast with it.
Stuffed French toast is near impossible to make unless you have an uncut loaf of bread and I just happened to have that Rye Spelt Bread sitting on my counter. It was a marriage made in Heaven; cream cheese, Strawberry Pepper jam and French toast. What a delightful breakfast that made.
Stuffed French Toast
Author: Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- 8 or 10 thick slices of bread
- 1 8 ounce brick cream cheese
- ½ cup jam or preserves
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cup milk
- Spread half the bread with cream cheese and jam.
- Top them with the other slices of bread to form sandwiches.
- In a shallow pan or bowl, whisk the egg and milk together.
- Dip both sides of one sandwich in the egg mixture.
- Cook both sides in a skillet (use butter or Pam to keep from sticking) until golden brown.
- Repeat for all sandwiches.
- (Of course, if your pan is big enough, cook 3-4 slices at a time)