Christmas in a jar. Recipe

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I know it isn't Christmas, but the ingredients are available now. When I cooked this yesterday the whole kitchen smelt like Christmas. The plums give it richness, the spices are there in the background and the apples and orange round it out. I would like to try it again with a few walnuts added at setting point as I know they go well with plums adding a smokiness. It can be used in a number of ways including adding a little to mince meat or even in stews, curries or gravies as well of course in scones, puddings and cakes.

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Servings: 3 Jars


Cost per serving $1.03 view details
  • 1lb 5 oz of plums
  • Make up to 2lb with cooking apples, cored and peeled and sliced
  • The zest and flesh of an orange
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 lb of white granulated sugar
  • Just enough water to stop it burning while you stir in the sugar .


  1. You can either stone the plums or leave them - the stones wil rise as the jam cooks
  2. Place all fruit and the zest into the pan.
  3. Add the sugar and spices and about 4 tablespoons of water.
  4. Cook on low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Turn up heat and cook until setting point is reached. You can test for this by pouring a little jam onto a cold plate. When it has cooled push it with your finger. If it wrinkles then it is at setting point. I find this works even better than using a thermometer.
  6. Turn off heat and let sit for ten minutes.
  7. Pour into sterilized jars, seal and label.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 303g
Recipe makes 3 servings
Calories 1174  
Calories from Fat 0 0%
Total Fat 0.05g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.02g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 18mg 1%
Total Carbs 303.46g 81%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 302.16g 201%
Protein 0.09g 0%
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