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Mirabelle Plum Jam

Mirabelle Plum Jam

My daughter has re-named me “The Crazy Jam Lady” and had me in stitches with a skit she performed for me the other day. I think it’s one up on “Crazy Cat Lady” so I’ll go with that!

Well after a busy week I really just wanted to catch up on the housework and have a bit of a rest last weekend, but a sudden delivery of Mirabelle plums put my plans on hold (well the rest bit at least). My parents had new neighbours and on introducing himself my father was asked if he’d like any of the ripening plums that were weighing down 5 trees in their garden. Hence I found myself with a very large bag of plums, most of which were Mirabelles! I knew I couldn’t afford to hang about as many of these plums were very ripe so I put them in the fridge and set about turning them into jam the following day!

Mirabelle Plum Jam

I have never even had a Mirabelle before but most of them are made into either jam or pies and the juice is fermented into wine or distilled into plum brandy! Mirabelles are harvested between July and September so now is the time to make these jewel like fruits into jam and enjoy them when the weather turns colder! If you’ve never tried Mirabelle jam then I can say it reminds me a little of a more delicate version of apricot jam and so is ideally suited to being a breakfast preserve as well as a tea time treat! Both my son and husband loved this jam. Indeed my husband stood and proclaimed on tasting “You can make any jam it seems!” My daughter is not as adventurous with her taste buds yet but that just leaves more for everyone else. A jar of said jam has gone back to my parent’s neighbours as a thank you, so I do hope they enjoy it once they’ve finished unpacking!

Unlike most of my jam recipes this is not a quick one as the removal of the plum stones is rather a labour of love but I think the end result is well worth the time! For more Mirabelle Plum inspiration you might like to check out Mirabelle Plum & Cognac Clafoutis by Cook Sister or Plum Jelly over at Kavey Eats.

Mirabelle Plum Jam
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Mirabelle Plum Jam
 
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Mirabelle Plum Jam - sunshine in a jar, a sweet and delicate plum jam with hints of apricot. Perfect for breakfast or tea!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8 jars
Ingredients
  • 2 Kg Mirabelle plums
  • 2 Kg Granulated sugar
  • 200 ml Water
Instructions
  1. Place the plums and water in a preserving pan and bring to a simmer slowly until cooked.
  2. Agitate plums with a whisk and remove the stones (patience required here)!
  3. Add granulated sugar and on a low heat stir until dissolved.
  4. Bring to a rolling boil and time for 20 minutes stirring frequently.
  5. Take off the heat and put a few drops on a chilled plate and place in fridge for a minute.
  6. Run your finger through the jam and if it forms a crinkle then it is ready, if not boil for another minute and so on.
  7. Remove any scum with a spoon.
  8. Pot into warm jars and seal with lids immediately or if using wax discs, place cellophane on once cool.
  9. I made 8 jars of various sizes.
Notes
Put 2 small plates in the freezer before you start.
Sterilise jars by washing in hot soapy water or dishwashing, filling with boiling water, emptying and then placing in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C then leave in oven until jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.

Foraged, plums, jam, preserve, conserve, seasonal, Mirabelles

I am entering my Mirabelle Jam into a few blogging events:
Credit Crunch Munch which is run by myself and Fuss Free Flavours & hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Simple & in Season which is run by Ren Behan and hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
No Waste Food Challenge which is run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary & hosted by I’d Much Rather Bake than..
Recipe of the Week which is run by A Mummy Too.
CookBlogShare which is run by Supergolden Bakes.

Credit Crunch MunchSimple & in Seasonno-waste-food-badgerecipe-of-the-weekCookBlogShareNB: Thank you to gettingpersonal.co.uk for my personalised board, all opinions are my own and I was not paid.

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  1. Chickie

    Thanks for the recipe Camilla – I picked a 2kg crate of Mirabelles from a neighbours tree today to make us some jam……and always on a quest to make things easier, I tried the cherry stoner, and it works a treat!! Just do it over a bowl so you can catch escaping juice from the ripe ones :) I’ve also made Victoria plums and cherry brandy jam already which is excellent. Looking forward to the Mirabelle one tomorrow – the colour of it in your photos looks gorgeous!

    1. Camilla

      Good idea, I’d forgotten about the cherry stoner but was so tired when these plums came through the door that I was on automatic pilot somewhat! Hope your jam went well:-)

  2. Ursula Hunt

    Just found a load of windfall plums in a local wood! going to try making this jam

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous or you could try making my Plum & Apple Jam:-)

  3. gouldie7

    Will this work with Victorias? We have a mini Victoria plum tree in the garden!

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure it would be fine, just remove the stones first as they are easly to remove!

  4. Maddy

    Does this work well with Blaison plums?

    1. Camilla

      I’ve not heard of those but I imagine it would work!

  5. Susan

    I misread the recipe and only put in half the sugar! The jam is a little bitter but still tastes quite nice but is more like a marmalade than a jam. I will try again with the right amount of sugar and compare the two.
    Susan

    1. Camilla

      Oh what a shame, I have days like that! I do tend to eat my Mirabelle jam at breakfast as it reminds me of apricot jam. Good luck with your next batch!

  6. Fiver Feeds

    Wow, what a lovely homemade jam. I really like it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, am enjoying it with breakfast at the moment:-)

  7. claire wilkinson

    looks delish

  8. Galina V

    Splendid jam! I picked some plums yesterday and plan to make my own plum jam later today, with a touch of vanilla.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, jam making is such fun:)

  9. Lorraine Crighton

    I got some White plums from France do you think this would work with them?

    1. Camilla

      I don’t see why not!

  10. Emily @amummytoo

    “Crazy Jam Lady” made me lol! I haven’t had plum jam in many years and this looks so pretty. Could you post me a jar or three? ;)

    1. Camilla

      Emily, if you lived nearby I’d give you a jar:-)

      1. Emily @amummytoo

        PS A belated thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve pinned it to my food board and a tweet will go out shortly :)

        1. Camilla

          Thanks Emily:-)

  11. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    I’ve not heard of mirabelle plums before but I love the name, it sounds so pretty and the jam looks wonderful, such a lovely colour.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen:-) I hadn’t heart of them until last year when someone on Twitter thought my Damson’s looked like them!

  12. bev

    What a beautiful colour!

  13. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    I hadn’t heard of a mirabelle before, but this jam looks and sounds so good that I’ll have to seek them out!

    1. Camilla

      Good luck in your search:-)

  14. Elizabeth

    Cooking often gets in the way of my doing housework too :) This sounds like a lovely jam recipe and I LOVE your new chopping board! I want one for myself (with my own blog name on it, of course!) Thanks for sharing with Simple and in Season, CCM and the no waste food challenges!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, yes cooking gets in the way of housework far too much here!

  15. Ursula Hunt

    lovely clear jam

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  16. Jan @GlugofOil

    You have inspired me to make jam! Lovely pictures.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, you’ll soon be hooked I’m sure:-)

  17. Karen

    LOVELY colour Camillla and I DO love a good mirabelle jam too! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, it’s nice to make jam with a fruit I’ve never had before:-)

  18. Jacqueline Meldrum

    That looks gorgeous Camilla. There is nothing like homemade jam. I love the board too :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and yes the board is so cool-)

  19. Laura

    This jam looks absolutely gorgeous! So fruity and inviting like I’d want to put it on everything from toast to a Victoria sponge. I think your parents and their new neighbours are going to become firm friends!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I need to find more uses for my jam – watch this space:-)

  20. Sarah James

    Beautiful looking jam and a great recipe. I love mirabelles, it’s my Dad’s favourite jam & every year I buy a couple of jars to take back to the UK. Reckon I should look for some mirabelles and make some of your jam.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sarah:-) Yes they’re quite popular in France I read on Wikipeadia!

  21. Deena kakaya

    I don’t know about crazy but jam queen you certainly are! Plums…colour…gorgeous! Great job Camilla x

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you so much Deena:-)

  22. Kavey

    How gorgeous your jam looks, such lovely photos too!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kavey, I do love it when the sun comes out as it really helps with photos:-)

  23. Michelle

    Hi camilla

    Do you have a easy recipe for banana bread & coffee & walnut cake please?

    1. Camilla

      I have 2 banana cakes, if you type banana into the search bar on the top right they should come up:-) No coffee & walnut I’m afraid but a delicious Mocha Torte made with walnuts!

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