Sunday, April 24, 2011
Autumnal Cardamom Plum Jam
I have always wanted to make my own jams & relishes. A couple of weeks ago I got some plums at the fresh market, they seemed rather raw but I thought they would ripen up. So, I waited and waited and waited.... when they still did not ripen, I decide it was time to deal with them.
2 cups Plums, chopped roughly.
1 1/4 cup Raw Sugar
4 Green Cardamom Pods, crushed lightly
Set a thick bottomed pan with the plums in it on the hob.
As the plums look like they are softening and wilting, add the sugar in.
Mix well on a very slow heat.
When the mixture starts to bubble and thicken, mix in the crushed cardamom. My kitchen smelt divine by now!!
After it dries up a little more (a few minutes) drop a bit on a cooled plate. Plums contain a fair bit of pectin and do not need a setting agent. If the drop of jam solidifies on the plate, turn the heat off rightaway.
I tend to fill sterilised jars with hot jam because as it cools down it gets tougher to pour it out. Let the jam cool completely in the bottle before capping the jar with a sterilised lid.
It tastes beautiful with bread, buns, fruit cake, everything!!