Simple plum jam

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Serves: 1

By Matthewkirk



  • 100g water

  • 500g plums halved

  • 400g granulated sugar


  1. Sterilise your jars.
  2. Put your plums into a pan and cover with the water. Now turn onto a medium to high heat and leave, stirring occasionally until your plums loose their shape and become soft. This should take 20 minutes or so.
  3. Now is an ideal time to use your wooden spoon to break the plums up if you don't like large chunks in your jam.
  4. Turn the plums onto a low heat and add the sugar all at once. Now stir continuously for 5 minutes. Be thorough because if your sugar does not fully dissolve then you will end up with part jam, part hard caramel.
  5. Now turn onto a medium to high heat once more (or until you get a rolling boil). Do not stir once the boil has started, leave for 10 minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes leave the heat on while you take your plate out of the fridge. Take a tiny dollop from the pan and place it in the centre of the plate. Leave to cool for 10 seconds then turn the plate upside down. If your jam does not drip then it is fully set. If it does still look a bit wet then leave for another 2 minutes.
  7. Pour directly into your jam jar and put the lid on. Leave to cool completely before tasting.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Snack

  • Side

  • Jam and chutney

  • Budget

  • Make Ahead

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  • Matthewkirk 19/12/12 09:23

    You can get this whole thing made for little more than £1.00 if you save up used jam jars.