Mirabelle Plum Jam – delightful for breakfast!

Mirabelle Plum Jam - a lush preserve and great for breakfast! @FabFood4AllMirabelle 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 Mirabelle Plum Jam the following day!

Mirabelle Plum Jam - a lush preserve and great for breakfast! @FabFood4All

I have never even had a Mirabelle plum 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. For more breakfast preserve inspiration check out my Peach & Apricot Jam (1st prize winning) and my Simple Shredless Orange Marmalade.

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!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8 jars
  • 2 Kg Mirabelle plums
  • 2 Kg Granulated sugar
  • 200 ml Water
  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.
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

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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.
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  1. Laura

    Made this yesterday with plums from the two trees in my garden- it worked brilliantly and had a rather firm set which was good. I maybe didn’t stir it enough so there was some ‘caramelisation’ on the bottom of the pan- still delicious though! Am making another batch today after getting more jam making supplies!

    Thanks for the recipe! I will be making this every year I think!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura, that’s great to hear. Yes you really need to be stirring all over the whole time to stop any sugar catching on the base of the pan. This is a joy of a jam:-)

      1. Laura

        I just finished a second batch and kept stirring it! Looks good! =)

        1. Camilla

          Excellent, yes I learnt the hard way once burning my jam when I forgot to stir it, never burnt it again:-)

  2. Kevin

    Do I need a special type of pan to make this jam

    I’m a jam novice

    1. Camilla

      I don’t have a preserving pan but do have a very large stainless steel pan with thick bottom which measures 22 cm across and 18 cm high which I would say is the minimum size you need unless making something like my one punnet strawberry jam. You need the space for the rolling boil as it all rises up.

  3. Pat

    I’ve just tried your recipe for the Mirabelle Plum Jam for the very first time – wonderful flavour!
    However prior to putting the plums into the pot I sliced them in half and removed the pits – but I also put the pits into the pot too. I’m sure that they add to the flavour and they are very easy to remove when the cooking is done as they seemed to be floating on top of the jam.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Pat, yes there are many ways to make plum jam, as Nigel Slater says, a recipe is just a starting place, so glad you found a method that suited you:-)

  4. Kavey

    What a lovely gesture from your parents’ new neighbour! And with a jar of your jam back you’ll surely tempt them to share again next year!

    1. Camilla

      It was a lovely gesture Kavey:-)

  5. Yana Jacobs

    Hi I have tons of these plums. I have two questions.
    1) you don’t require a citric acid like lime or lemon or orange juice?
    2) no pectin either?

    I’ve never made jam without something to help it solidify? Is there something in these plums that makes them gel without any added pectin?

    About the pitting process, given I have so many I actually liked the idea of cooking them and using a whisk to pull out the pits, could I also put them through a sieve to get the pits out after cooking or will that pull the skins out too?

    1. Camilla

      Hi Yana, some fruits are naturally high in pectin and plums are in this category, you might find this link useful: https://www.bakingmad.com/faqs/how-do-i-know-the-pectin-levels-of-the-fruit/ and with regard to the pitting, I found it useful to pit as some plums might have rotten bits in but if you want to agitate with ha whisk and fish out then you can. I wouldn’t advise using a sieve as it would quickly get clogged up with the skins and would take forever to push through, plus you’d ruin the beautiful texture of the jam. I would also google what the maximum number of kilos of fruit is ok to make into jam as you can affect the set if you try to make too much at once. Good luck!

      1. Yana Jacobs

        thank you!

        1. Camilla


  6. Jose Rose

    My son came home with a little bag these beautiful golden plums that he had picked. I only had 600g but managed to make a nice quantity. Used sugar with pectin which made the cooking easy. I did remove the pips after washing – wanting to cut open these ‘wild’ fruit to check them each before cooking. The taste of the jam is interesting and different to the fresh fruit taste – definitely a hint of apricot.
    Well worth the effort – thank for the inspiration.

    1. Camilla

      Yes if the fruit looks a bid iffy, like my parent’s Damsons it’s good to remove the stones first and give them a thorough inspection at the same time. Glad you like it:-)

  7. Maja

    Just made this, thanks for sharing!
    I want to say that removing the pits is a meditative process and a labour of love, but I am just not that kind of person…
    Added a little less sugar as I like it tangy, but otherwise kept it as is. Look forward to trying it!

    1. Camilla

      I hear you with the stone removal – never a favourite job of mine either! Glad you found and made this jam, one of my favourites:-)

  8. Sian

    Thank you for this recipe- I now have a row of pots of jam cooling on the windowsill. I returned to London from Northants yesterday with a huge bag of Mirabelle’s (which I had to google to find out what they were!) and immediately searched for a jam recipe. It turned out to be the best way to shake away the rainy Monday morning blues and the kitchen smells lovely while I get on with my work. I didn’t even mind chasing down the endless plum stones! I found it was easier to pick them out while the sugar was melting as they were easier to see. Can’t wait for a dollop of golden jam on my morning toast.

    1. Camilla

      It’s a wonderful jam and I was so pleased to find a jar in my cupboard the other day. It’s great for breakfast and I even use it in Coronation Chicken in place of apricot jam which it is quite similar to. Glad you found my recipe and that it cleared away the Monday blues:-) Enjoy!

  9. Heather Haigh

    I love the sound of plum jam – I don’t think I’ve ever had any – though I’ve had damson jam which I guess would be a similar though of course darker – and I do like that.

    1. Camilla

      This jam is similar to apricot and nothing like Damson:-)

      1. Heather Haigh

        Ooh, apricot jam – there’s an idea. Apricots seem to be good and cheap atm and I love apricot jam. I think this recipe would work with them.

        1. Camilla

          I do have an award winning Peach & Apricot Jam if you fancy that and you could always just make it with just apricots!

          1. Heather Haigh

            Oh yes, peach and apricot, ,mmmmmmmm – I’ll have to give it a go

          2. Camilla

            Ooh do let me know if you do:-)

  10. Maya Russell

    We have a Mirabelle tree. Now I know what to do with the fruit!
    Love the personalised board.

    1. Camilla

      Lucky you Maya I loved this jam for breakfast and also substituted it for apricot jam in Coronation Chicken:-)

  11. esther james

    so easy to make and sounds delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  12. Anne Dalzell

    I think it’s only right that i should make some Crazy lady jam, clever daughter!

    1. Camilla

      I hope you do:-)

  13. Lorna Craig

    I’ll try redoing it , as you suggest, only thing about using tried and tested recipes is, trying and testing them! I’m going to ask a farmers wife I’m friend with who gave me some jam and gave me the idea of making it! I’m sure she’ll set me on the right path! Thanks Camilla 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great stuff! We learn so much from our mistakes too.

  14. Lorna Craig

    I had a load of nectarines which wouldn’t ripen ( the ” ripen at home” supermarket ones! , so decided to turn them into jam using this recipe! Fantastic result, my first attempt at jam making. However, I think I then got a bit ahead of myself and made apple jelly……………….DISASTER! Out of 4lb of Bramleys, I got one jar of solid tart jelly! Not sure where I went wrong, kept testing it for setting , till I thought it was right but must have been overcooked? Do you have an idiot proof apple jelly recipe? I’m not giving up ……………..yet! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I have not ventured into jelly making because the muslin and equipment side of things has always put me off. Sounds like you didn’t have enough sugar – maybe you could put it back in the pan with bit more water and sugar. Stick to tried and tested recipes from trusted sources too:-)

  15. Paul Wilson

    Great colour – looks very pale/orange for plum

    1. Camilla

      Yes I treat is like apricot jam as quite similar so enjoy it at breakfast and also good in Coronation Chicken:-)

  16. Fuss Free Helen

    Lovely jam as ever Camilla!

    I shall from henceforth call you the crazy jam lady!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen! You can just call me “crazy” for short;-)

  17. 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:-)

  18. 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:-)

  19. 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!

  20. Maddy

    Does this work well with Blaison plums?

    1. Camilla

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

  21. 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.

    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!

  22. 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:-)

  23. claire wilkinson

    looks delish

  24. 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:)

  25. 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!

  26. 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:-)

  27. 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!

  28. bev

    What a beautiful colour!

  29. 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:-)

  30. 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!

  31. Ursula Hunt

    lovely clear jam

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  32. Jan @GlugofOil

    You have inspired me to make jam! Lovely pictures.

    1. Camilla

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

  33. 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:-)

  34. 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-)

  35. 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:-)

  36. 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!

  37. 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:-)

  38. 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:-)

  39. 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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