Apple Plum Jam
I have to admit that I am not very fond of the jams you can buy: too sweet or to many pieces of fruit destroying my delicate toast 😉 I like my jam creamy with no pieces and easy to spread on toast. When I was in England I discovered a very yummie jam, which in fact was the cheapest one to buy there 😉 It is made out of apples, plums and rhubarb. Well unfortunately I couldn’t find any rhubarb around, so I started testing this jam with apples and plums only. As it is my very first attempt of making jam, and even with my own recipe I had no idea what to expect…
Well, I can tell you that much: it is surprisingly easy to make your own jam and incredible fast! It took me just 10 minutes to make my own jam! Well how quick is that? All you have to do is to cut the fruit and cook it together with the sugar. And basically that’s it 😉 I prefer my jam to be smooth, so I used a blender halfway the cooking time.
I ued 5 big apples (Jonagold) and 4 round plums. In total this was around 550g of apples and 250g of plums so I needed 800g of jam sugar. There are different kinds of sugar to make jam, however mine had to be used in a 1:1 ratio. If you want to you can use a sprinkle of lemon juice as well.
1. Clean and cut the fruit into small pieces and together with the sugar give it in a large pan. In the beginning I thought this will never work and everything will burn. But in fact when you use a small flame, the sugar slowly melts into some sort of jelly and cooks the fruit soft.
2. At this point I used a hand blender to make a smooth jam (or use a food mill if at hand).
3. Let it come to a boil and let it cook for around 4-5 minutes. In the meantime make sure you have clean hot jam glasses ready to use. Once the jam has cooked for a couple of minutes immediately pour it into the glasses and put the lid on. Let it cool upside down for a couple of minutes first before letting it cool completely.
I have to say that I quite like my first attempt of making jam, it looks and taste pretty much like the jam I remember eating in England. However, I think it is a bit acidic, so maybe next time I will let the fruit ripen a little bit more 😉 So TIP: use very ripe fruit! When I can find rhubarb I will try this recipe once again with all three kinds of fruit 😉
550g apples (5 big ones)
250g plums (4 round ones)
800g jam sugar
lemon juice (optional)