A little tangy and a lot sweet, plums make the perfect base for jams. The soft fruit easily cooks down into a delicious spread, made dark red with the plum's natural hue. Keep it basic with a little sugar and water, or spice things up with add-ins like cardamom, cloves, and allspice. Since fresh plums are in-season half of the year—May through October—you can enjoy this sweet treat any time you want.
You only need a handful of ingredients to create this impressive preserve. "The Damson plum makes a tart, flavorful, soft-setting jam that is a rich, deep wine-colored spread for cookies, waffles, bread, or anything else, really," says recipe creator Jamie Northern. "Cardamom adds an unusual and subtle perfume to these preserves."
This spiced plum jam is great for homemade Christmas gifts, or just to slather on baked goods all holiday season long. Fresh pineapple and a splash of orange juice add tanginess, while the cloves and allspice create the bold flavor.
This spicy-sweet homemade plum jam combines chile pepper heat with undertones of citrusy-orange flavor. Great spread on toast, it also makes a delicious glaze for chicken or lamb. "This is my modification of Plum-Orange-Cardamom Jam from Mes Confitures by Christine Ferber," says Squeedle. "I really like spicy and sweet together. You can adjust the spiciness to your own taste. My first batch used only two habaneros and three red chiles, with only the seeds of the habaneros removed, and it was very mild."