Plum Jam

This beautiful plum jam is a great way to preserve summer fruit and brightens breakfasts and tea time all through the winter.
By Tamara Novakoviç
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Plum jam is a staple in Croatian households. Made during late summer/early autumn, it’s one of those classic preserves we basically can’t imagine the rest of the year without. My fondest memories involving kitchen are probably those of my grandma cooking plum jam in our cottage house.

You can make it by previously baking plums in your oven, or skip this step. However, this way of preserving plums results in a beautiful, flavorful jam.

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This beautiful plum jam is a great way to preserve summer fruit and brightens breakfasts and tea time all through the winter.
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Croatian
Ingredients
  • 105.8 oz (3 kg) plums
  • 35.2 oz (1 kg) sugar
  • 0.4-0.6 cups (100-150 ml) dark rum
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Wash plums, remove pits. Combine with sugar and cinnamon in a large oven and cook on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. About 30 minutes before it's done, add rum.
  2. Pour jam into sterilized glasses. You can cook them for 10 minutes in boiling water, together with lids. Let cool and pour hot jam into them.

Tamara Novakoviç

Tamara Novakovic is a passionate self-taught cook, food blogger, freelance food writer and photographer behind bite-my-cake.blogspot.com. Her life journey has led her through Faculty of Humanities in Zagreb, Croatia to discovering passion for making cakes. She is currently a weekly food columnist for Croatian newspaper V magazine and food magazine Repete.

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3 Comments
  1. Do you mean to bake the plums in the oven at a low temperature in a pan? If so, should it be covered? What temperature should the oven be set at?

    Or do you mean to cook the plums on top of the stove in a dutch oven, setting the burner at a low temperature?

  2. Dear Kitty,
    you can first bake the plums (pitted and cut in half) on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and then transfer them into a large pot and cook them on the stove to make the jam. Or you can skip the baking part and simply put the plums in a large pot (make sure it’s large) and cook them on the stove until they reduce to jam consistency.

  3. Thanks for posting this, I grew up on plum dumplings and jam…….along with all the traditional Croatian food, as well as my own children
    FInally have a chance to make the jam!
    Zevlje!
    Ana

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