Plum & Apple Jam

Windfalls, autumn, preserve, easy,

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.

Marjorie, Windfalls, autumn, preserve, easy,

Always sterilise more jars than you think you’ll need!

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.

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Plum & Apple Jam, autumn in a jar!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 10 jars
  • 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
  1. Place water, plums and apples into a preserving pan and simmer until fruit is softened (about 15 minutes).
  2. Add sugar over a low heat and stir until dissolved (do not simmer).
  3. Boil rapidly for 12 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. If not boil for another couple of minutes at a time and repeat test.
  6. Decant into warmed jars (I filled 10 small to average sized jars).


Windfalls, autumn, preserve, easy,

Plum and Apple Jam goes perfectly with my Apple and Pear Cider Soda Bread pictured here!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/plum-apple-jam/


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  1. Jane

    If I made half of this recipe would I have to reduce the cooking time?

    1. Camilla

      No but the setting time might be quicker so just test a bit earlier than the recipe says.

  2. Paul Wilson

    I’ll bookmark this one for the summer.

    1. Camilla

      Great, I have a big soft spot for this pretty, delicate jam:-)

  3. Lorna Craig

    Got to try this!

    1. Camilla

      Do let me know how you get on – I love its delicate flavour;-)

  4. Ursula Hunt

    Nothing beats homemade jam on your toast in the mornings, even expensive jams cannot compare

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, I’ve been to so many food fairs where I’ve been disappointed by the jams on offer.

  5. Jo Hutchinson

    a beautiful glossy colour.

    1. Camilla

      Just had the last spoonful for breakfast this morning – love it:-) So delicate in flavour:-)

  6. Irene Wright

    I’ve always used plums to make plum sauce but this recipe sounds good – might use them in this for a change.

    1. Camilla

      Oh do, you won’t be dissappointed:-)

  7. Shirl

    Thanku very much for this recipe :0) !! This will be my first attempt in making jam. We have an apple tree in our garden and my sister and I cannot eat apples raw so we’re hoping to put the apples to work, instead of them turning to mush at the bottom of the tree :0( !
    Do I need to buy one of those thermometer things??? And do I need to buy a preserving pan? I need all the help I can get :0)

    Thanku in advance Camilla

    1. Camilla

      Hi, no you don’t need a jam thermometer, I’ve never used one. I also don’t own a preserving pan but do have a very large stainless steel high sided pan which is about the size of a preserving pan as you need the height to allow the rolling boil. Some people use a funnel to put the jam in the jar but I just use a tiny ladle which does the job well. Hope that helps. You can see the pan I use in my earlier jam posts where there were step by step pictures. Good luck. Camilla

  8. Sarah Yates

    Hi Camilla,
    Well the jam didn’t set the first time so opened all jars and reboiled for 3 minutes and has set like a dream this time :-) It does taste lovely, I had my first taste on a bagel and it was really nice! I have given a few jars away and am just waiting for other verdicts, which I am sure will be great. I have been out today and picked 2.5 kilos of blackberrys and with no room in my freezer, I will be jamming these with your easy recipe over the next day or so… I will let you know how I get on :-)
    Thanks for your lovely recipes. I am a little gutted you won’t be updating here anymore as I don’t use social media or anything :-( Should have enough to be going on with, with your existing jams on here though!

    1. Camilla

      Hi Sarah
      So glad the jam worked in the end. I think you’ve misunderstood about the social media thing! That was just food reviews not my recipes the blog is continuing as usual, I’m just having a break from writing the Foodie News as it’s terribly time consuming so I’m giving myself a break from doing it:-) Good luck with the Blackberry & Apple which is my most popular jam:-)
      Camilla x

  9. Sarah Yates

    Hi Camilla,

    I have just tried your recipe for Plum and Apple Jam. I have called my jam Wells Plum and Pinched Apple Jam. I was given the plums by my boyfriends dad and foraged for the apples :-)

    I will let you know the verdict once it has hopefully set and I can let you know how it tasted… This is my first ever attempt at making jam! Hopefully I will do it justice.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe :-)

    Sarah x x

    1. Camilla

      Fab:-) I do love this jam as it has such a gorgeous delicate colour and flavour. Do let me know what you think:-) Now you’ve made one jam I’m sure you’ll get the bug and carry on:-)

  10. Heather Haigh

    Apple and plum sounds like a lovely combination, not one I’ve tried before.

    1. Camilla

      I had this one for breakfast this morning is it’s quite fresh and not overly sweet:-)

  11. sj wesley

    This looks lovely – this is definitely one i’ll try :)

    1. Camilla

      I find apples add a lovely dimension to many jams:-)

  12. auntygeek

    This looks incredible. I have fond childhood memories of my mum making her own jam

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’ve got a big soft spot for this particular jam:-)

  13. Galina V

    Love homemade jams, they rock, and you know exactly what goes in.

  14. Maya Russell

    Lovely jam recipe. How do you sterilize jars in the oven? What temp and for how long. Do you do the lids too?

    1. Camilla

      I talk about the sterilization in many of my jam posts but here’s one: http://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/strawberry-jam/

  15. claire wilkinson

    sounds delish!! think i will make a batch of this for xmas fair

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, I think you’ll get lots of compliments:-)

  16. Dan Murphy

    PLanning to do homemade hampers for Christmas this year and these will make a perfect addition!

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes, I’ve given some away as presents for moving house and birthday and the recipients loved it:-)

  17. Sue Bowden

    I am going to try and make this, I have just been given carrier bags one of apples and one of plums from my friend and had no idea what to do with them – problem solved. Thank you x

    1. Camilla

      Oh do, I gave some to my niece the other day and she loved it, it’s now my favourite jam:-)

  18. Kathryn Salmon

    This sounds delish!! Perfect Autumn recipe.

  19. mandalouise

    I’ve never tried Plum jam,looks delicious


    Send me a jar ;) Looks lovely – I love plums especially a tart, my mum makes the best ones – mine not so much! Keep up the good work hun – I love seeing when you have posted new recipes! xxx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle you’re such a sweetie:-) I’m determined to get you jamming one day LOL!


        I will one day – promise ;) Ps How does Bob Marley like his donuts? With jammin!

        1. Camilla

          I’ll believe it when I see it LOL:-) Ha ha! xx

  21. Javelin Warrior

    Yay, another jam! And as the queen of jam-making this fall, I have to say you continue to surprise me with new delicious flavors. I love the sound of apples and plums together – and I’ve never tried such a jam before…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, I like my new title “Queen of Jam Making”:-)

  22. euphoriabuzz

    My nan used to make the best plum jam. If you left it for a year before opening it would be fizzy, delicious. This jam looks lovely.

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