I saw some great plums and could not resist buying them... I bought two kilos, and we managed to consume quite a few, but still there were just two days before we left for Kerala and i did not want to waste it.. so I searched for a recipe online and found lot of different versions... as usual, I adapted one that was the easiest and thus appealed to me ..especially due to the time constraint...
many of them were not ripened well, so the result was a bit sour. that said, I have to tell you that I absolutely adored it and my daughter also had a great time sampling the jam... in fact, I had to hide it away so she wouldn't keep 'testing' it ..!!!
Plums have natural pectin in them, which is a vital ingredient for making jams. So if you are using this recipe, please make sure that the fruit is either plums, or some other fruit that is as high in pectin.
Plums - 1 kg (ensure they are ripe and add a couple or so of unripe ones to add a slight tang to the taste)
Sugar - 1 and 1/2 cups (add more according to taste. I used less sugar , so as not to overpower the taste of the fruit.
Honey - 1/2 cup
Cloves - 6 (optional - please count the cloves before adding them so they can be easy to remove. This is my own addition to the recipe)
Water - 1 tbsp
Wash the plums well. Slit once lengthwise to the stone. In a thick bottom vessel, put the plums and the water and keep it on a low flame.
Add the sugar and the cloves after about 5 minutes. Stir well. After about 20 more minutes, the stones will separate .
Remove the cloves and the stones.
the plums will become a smooth paste consistency. Add the honey and let the liquid reduce and thicken.
Once the jam becomes the stage where it will coat a spoon easily, but won't run off of it, switch of the stove.
While it cools, it will thicken again. So if the jam is too thick , it will solidify and won't be easy to spread. Likewise, a runny jam won't be nice either.
This recipe yields a sweet and tang jam with a rich and fruity taste. It is easy to spread, but does not turn the bread soggy.
Try it and let me know how it turns out.