Genius pear and chocolate jam from Fakenham Market

Pear and chocolate jam from Country Market stall at Fakenham Market
Pear and chocolate jam from Country Market stall at Fakenham Market

Pear and chocolate make excellent bedfellows, but it takes a rare talent to manifest this combination in a jar of jam. We found this one at the Country Market stall at Fakenham’s regular Thursday market.

When I first bought a jar a few months ago, one of the ladies on the stall confided there was a friendly competition among their group of producers to develop the most unusual flavours. This is reflected in their diverse selection of jams, chutneys, sauces and cakes. They have all the classics you’d expect, but often surprise with something new and delicious, like this pear and chocolate.

It is exceedingly good spread thickly on homemade scones, baked to my mum’s recipe.

After polishing off the first jar in short order, we didn’t see it on the stand for a while, so Michelle put in a special request, which they were kind enough to fulfill.

The label lists the producer as ‘K Cuttle’. Your best bet is to stop by their stall on Thursday morning during the market.

Market Cross, Swaffham, Norfolk

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Today is all about a leisurely lunch. In the town of Swaffham, in the Brecks of Norfolk, is a very cute cafe, Market Cross.

It ticks all the boxes for a very cozy lunch: beams, wood burner, bunting and delicious food. I have become addicted to their cheese scones (and I am a bit of a scone snob!). The ladies who run the establishment always have time for a chat and the sofas convince you a three hour lunch should be an every day affair. Most importantly, all their food is made fresh and this is evident in their scrummy cakes and scones.

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Swaffham is a great little market town, with a large church.  It sits just outside Thetford Forrest, along the route North to the coast. Stop by next time you are on your way through!

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