Star Anise & Cinnamon Plum Jam

I used Mirabelle plums from the garden for this recipe but any type of plum should work with this jam recipe.

A ratio of 1kg plums to 1kg sugar to 100ml water should be followed.

Ingredients (for 1kg plums – see ratio above)

  • plums
  • granulated sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • knob of butter


Stone the plums and chop into smallish chunks.

Add the plums and water to a pan and bring to a slow simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes.

Wrap the star anise and cinnamon in a muslin cloth,  tie and add to the plums along with the sugar and the lemon juice.

Continue to simmer and stir for 15 minutes.

To thicken the jam, bring to a more vigorous simmer and continue to stir for a few minutes until the jam has thickened.

Remove the spices, add the butter, stir and allow to cool slightly before spooning into sterilised jam jars.





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By John Loydall

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