Receiving a glut of plums from my mum and having windfall Bramleys in the fridge it didn’t take me long to decide to make some more jam. My husband paid me the biggest compliment the other day telling me I was truly a jam expert after tasting this latest creation. I’m not sure about that but I just love making jam and like anything, the more you do something the better you get! To anyone who’s never made jam before it really is just a matter of washing jars, sterilising them in the oven, dissolving your sugar in the fruit and then boiling and stirring. Please do give it a go and I’m sure you’ll get hooked too!
I must say this Plum & Apple Jam has become my favourite (but then all my latest jams become so) and it’s just fab for breakfast, the apple gives it a lovely delicate flavour. Better still my ultra fussy daughter even likes it as she’ll normally only ever eat Strawberry Jam, she said she likes it’s pretty pink colour too.
As with all jam making you need to wash your jars & lids thoroughly in hot soapy water and then put in the oven for 20 minutes at 140°C and then switch off to keep warm until the jam is ready to be potted. Put three saucers in the freezer to test the jam on.
I am entering this jam into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays challenge as it is made from scratch and also Breakfast Club run by Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy. Finally I’m also entering my jam into Credit Crunch Munch run by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and myself and hosted too by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy as it uses up a glut of windfalls.
- 1 Kg Plums, stoned & quartered (I used Marjorie)
- 1 Kg Bramley apples (cooking apples), peeled cored and roughly chopped
- 1.8 Kg Granulated Sugar
- 600 mls Water
- Place water, plums and apples into a preserving pan and simmer until fruit is softened (about 15 minutes).
- Add sugar over a low heat and stir until dissolved (do not simmer).
- Boil rapidly for 12 minutes.
- Take off the heat and test on a chilled plate (place back in fridge for 2 minutes), if it crinkles (is jelly like) when you drag your finger through it, it’s ready.
- If not boil for another couple of minutes at a time and repeat test.
- Decant into warmed jars (I filled 10 small to average sized jars).
Plum and Apple Jam goes perfectly with my Apple and Pear Cider Soda Bread pictured here!