Cherry Jam

  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: approx. 1 cup
  • Category: Jam
  • Method: Cooked
  • Cuisine: Breakfast


A delicious quick homemade fresh cherry jam made without pectin or refined sugar. The recipe is only 3 ingredients, and is maple-sweetened.


  • 1 cup pitted and rough chopped fresh cherries (larger pieces are good!*)
  • ⅓ cup dark maple syrup
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon


1. Place all ingredients into a medium-small sauce pan (ideally one that’s wide-mouthed, but still has tall-ish walls). Stir the mixture together to combine all the ingredients.

2. Bring to a light boil on medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Then reduce heat to medium-low (or low, as needed) and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and let cool for about 10-20 mins, then transfer the jam into a small glass jar or container.** Let it cool down to room temperature and then place (and store) in the fridge. Enjoy!


*For reference, this was the size of my chopped cherries:
chopped cherries for homemade jam

**The amount you get from this recipe fills an 8oz / 1 cup jar.