Spiced Plum Jam
Spiced Plum Jam – a simple, sweet and sticky plum jam gently spiced with cinnamon!
Hello bakers! Say hello to plum jam. My parents have a great plum tree in the garden and again this year they’ve had a huge amount of lovely ripe plums – more than I know what to do with! When I first wrote this post I’d never made jam before and now a few years on I LOVE making jam. Creating delicious combinations to enjoy throughout the year. I remember being so nervous about making jam and I did LOTS of research, which was definitely worth it as I’ve found my own way of making the best jam!
I love plums, they have such a lovely sweet flavour that’s really recognisable and super delicious. The skin of a plum however can be quite tart and as this is used in the jam making process it adds a great contrast to the sweetness. I really think keeping the skin on adds something extra to the jam to make it even more moorishley good. Adding in cinnamon then really takes it to a whole new level – spiced plum jam deliciousness!!
The hardest part about making jam is the waiting and watching before you can taste your creation! You don’t really need any special equipment but I would definitely recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Using a thermometer makes reaching the right temperature more accurate but don’t worry if you don’t have one. The more jam you make the easier it will be to recognise when the jam is ready – trust me!
Once you’ve made the sticky sweet spiced plum jam there are so many ways you can eat the deliciousness. I’ve made scrummy swiss rolls with the jam before and they were so so good! You can find the recipe on the Good Food Website if you’re interested. If you just want a simple quick way to enjoy your homemade jam then I would suggest a slice of toast with a generous serving of plum jam – also like I did! There’s definitely something so satisfying about spreading your homemade jam on a fresh piece of toast – YUM!
I hope you give making jam a go – I really enjoyed it and it is so worth it when you get to sample the sweet goodness. You can always use it to fill Jam Doughnuts. Let me know what flavours would be your favourite – I’d love to hear from you all.
Spiced Plum Jam
- Sugar Thermometer
- 1 kg Plums, stoned and quartered
- 1 kg Jam/Preserving Sugar
- 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 25 grams unsalted butter
- Prepare your glass jam jars. Depending on the size of your jam jar this recipe should make 4 -6 jars. Take the lids off your jars and place glass jar onto a baking sheet. Heat the oven to 200C fan. Place the glass jars into the oven for 15 minutes to sterilise them. Remove from the oven and set aside whilst you make the jam.
- To make the jam – add the plums and 4 tbsp water to a heavy saucepan and allow to come to the boil. Then let them simmer for about 15 minutes or until the plums are very soft. The skin will have pretty much disintegrated at this point.
- Add the cinnamon and sugar to the pan. Stir until the sugar is mixed in. Allow to simmer but not boil for at least 30 minutes. The sugar thermometer should read 105C. The jam should coat the back of a wooden spoon with the last drop when tipped upside down staying on the spoon.
- Add in the butter and stir to collect any of the scum. Pour into your jars. You can use special jam seals to keep your jam fresh – I would definitely suggest this!
Happy Jam Making!
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