Here are some photos and the recipe from the second week of the six-week jam and chutney making course at Daubeney Children's Centre in hackney, London. You may recall that we made
. The feedback was that all the families enjoyed the jam, even children who generally do not eat much jam. I always tell customers and students that jam isn't just for toast, I put a spoonful in porridge for breakfast in the winter and in natural yoghurt in summer or an all-year round snack. I also use jam as a binder when making oatcakes, use it in muffins and in jam tarts.
This week we made plum jam. I always keep it seasonal for Smy Chutney and for the courses so this was the perfect time of the year to make plum jam.
This recipe makes such a beautiful, deep red jam, notice it up the sides of the pan and the wall.
Here is lovely Lola stirring the jam. She makes stunning cakes so we chatted a lot about different recipes that can be added to cakes, tarts and puddings.
Plum Jam Recipe
2 k Plums
2 k Sugar
- Select fully ripe plums with which to make the jam
- Wash and rinse the fruit.
- Carefully remove all stems, pits, skins, and blossoms, if necessary, from the plums.
- Cut the fruit into pieces and make sure to remove each plum stone and discard.
- Measure the fruit and place in a large saucepan.
- Stir in the correct amount of sugar for the recipe and keep stirring as you bring the mixture to a boil.
- Continue stirring until the mixture thickens.
- You will need to test that the mixture has reached its setting point, or readiness for jarring, keeping in mind that the mixture will continue to thicken slightly as it cools. There are two methods for testing: Refrigerator test – Place a plate in your refrigerator while you are making the jam. When you think that the jam is ready, remove the plate and allow a few drops of the mixture to drop onto the plate. After a few minutes, check to see if the mixture has gelled. Push the droplet with your finger and if it wrinkles it is ready to place in your sterilised jars. Temperature test – Using a thermometer to test that the mixture has reached the optimum temperature for your altitude: Anywhere from a sea level of 300 metres to 8,000 metres will be alright to reach a temperature of 220°C.
- Once the mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and skim off any foam that may have formed on the surface.
- Pour the mixture into sterile jars (see above), leaving .5 cm headspace.
- Use a clean, damp piece of kitchen towel to wipe the rims of the jars.
- Top each jar with a lid, screw on the cover tightly and allow to cool.
- The jam will be best if eaten within one year, refrigerate once open.