I seem to be in a bit of a jam making mood at the moment, using up all the fruit stocks in my freezer and also any bargains picked up in the supermarket. While on holiday recently I enjoyed some freshly made scotch pancakes with homemade Plum Jam. I had forgotten how tasty it was and when I saw punnets of plums in the supermarket for £1 I knew what I was going to do with them!
As with all the jams I have made so far the recipe and process is straight forward, only patience is required!
Plum Jam (Makes approx. 4 Jars)
900g Plums, stoned and quartered
900g Granulated Sugar
Put a saucer in the freezer and sterilise the jam jars
Prepare the plums by washing, stoning and quartering them, and adding them to a pan with the water and bring to the boil
Lower the heat and the stew the fruit until soft, this takes around 30 mins
Once soft, keep the heat low and add the sugar giving it a good stir until all the sugar is dissolved
Then turn the heat up so the mixture is now on a rolling boil. Continue to boil for around 12 minutes
At this point remove from the heat, and drop a small amount onto the chilled saucer, if you push back the liquid and it wrinkles then its ready to be jarred, if it doesn’t, boil again for another 3 – 5 minutes and repeat.
Continue until the jam is ready, then remove from the heat and add a knob of butter to remove any scum from the top
Then pour your jam into the sterilised jars, seal with a wax disc and screw the lid on tightly
To enjoy this tasty Plum Jam, I whipped up a batch of Scotch Pancakes, lathered them in butter and topped with the tasty jam and all washed down with a pot of tea!