Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of consuming home made jams, preserves or chutney especially when the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing flavour combinations. A few years back when I was running my cake business not only were the cakes home made, the different flavours of jams used were also home made all of which contributed to that personal touch. It all started by making home made starwberry jam which I distributed to family and friends and since then i’ve not looked back, till date I make oodles of jars of jam for personal consumption, gifts or for family and friends. The art and process of home jam making isn’t immense and you can easily purchase kits from supermarkets or home stores. As british plums are in season I opted to make this sweet and tangy jam with a subtle infusion of cinammon and cardamom spice, whilst the sweetness of sugar balances the sharpness of plums and orange, cinammon and cardamom adds slight warmth and spice, definitly one for the winter months. As the cinammon and cardamom is added in piddly amounts the taste is not overpowering but rather subtle and just right for you to enjoy on crumpets or hot bread. My kitchen will definitly be covered with jars of home made chutney, jams, preserves which make gorgeous little gifts so please keep visiting my site for more of these recipes.
Makes 1 Large jar or 2 medium jars
650g Plums- stones removed
Juice of 1 large orange
400g Granulated sugar
1.5 Tbsp Lemon juice
3 Cardamom pods
1/2 Tsp ground cinammon
1. In a pan add the plums, orange juice, cardamom pods and cinammon spice cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
2. Once the plums are soft and cooked, strain the mixture through a sieve removing as much pulp as possible. Throw away remains of the mixture that is in the sieve.
3. In a deep pan add the strained plum mixture and sugar, on low heat stir till sugar is dissolved, turn heat to medium flame and bring to boil stirring occasionally.
4. Once you reach a boil stage, rapidly boil for 8-10 minutes. At this stage to check if the jam is ready, take a small amount of jam and place on a plate. Once the jam starts to cool, using your finger push back on the jam and you should see a “wrinkle”.
5. Turn off the heat, prepare your jam jars by warming them slightly either in the oven or microwave. Pour the jam into the jar/s and close the lid.
Enjoy this jam for breakfast or as a snack.