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Strawberry Plum Jam

Strawberry Plum Jam

Strawberry Plum Jam

Strawberries! The berry that signifies the beginning of Summer. Here is a strawberry and plum jam which I made over the weekend. It is sweet and delicious but I couldn’t really appreciate the plum flavor. The strawberries turned out to be the star of this jam and I don’t mind that at all. This is Spring in a jar, which will carry me well into Fall.

How to peel a plum: cut and X, pour boiling water over and let sit 30-40 seconds, drop plums into icewater, lift peel off from the corner of the X

How to peel a plum: cut and X, pour boiling water over and let sit 30-40 seconds, drop plums into ice water, lift peel off from the corner of the X

Strawberry Plum Jam makes 6, 8 oz jars or 1/2 pint jars


650 grams fresh strawberries, cut into large dice (23 oz or 4 cups diced)

400 grams fresh red plums, large dice (6 plums)

59 milliliter fresh lemon juice (2 fl oz or 1/4 cup, approx. 1 large juicy lemon)

1000 grams sugar (35 oz)

15 grams fruit pectin (2 tablespoons)


Prepare strawberries but removing to leafy top and cut into a large dice. Peel skin off plums by first cutting an X in the top of each plum, then pour boiling water over plums, let sit for 40 seconds. Place plums into ice water, let sit for another 30 seconds or so, then using a small knife, simply pull peel off starting at the X. Cut plum meat away from the pit and cut into large dice. Set fruit aside.

Wash mason jars and lids in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

To sterilize jars you can use a canning pot which comes with a wire rack, or if you don’t have a canning pot, you can use a large stock pot and place a trivet or a folded up clean towel in the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot with hot water and place clean jars upright into the water making sure they are covered by 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes, then turn off heat and let jars sit in the hot water until ready to use. Note: jars must be hot when the hot jam is filled into them. Place lids and rings into a heatproof dish making sure to spread them out so they don’t clump together. Fill dish with hot water and let the lids sit in water until ready to use.

In a large cooking pot, combine strawberries, plums, lemon juice and fruit pectin. Bring fruit to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar, return to a boil and continue cooking, while stirring constantly, for another 10 minutes. Remove fruit from heat and skim off the foam thoroughly (it makes for a pretty, clear jam). Ladle hot jam into sterilized hot jars, leaving no more that 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rims clean with a moist paper towel and put on lids.

Place jars back into the hot water, which was used to sterilize jars. Bring water back up to a boil and process filled jars for another 10 minutes. Transfer them to a clean towel-lined surface where they can sit undisturbed 12 to 24 hours. Lids may make a popping sound as the jars cool, this is a sign of an airtight seal. Test the seals 24 hours after heat processing by pressing down on the center of each lid with your finger. If the lid does not move or pop, the jar is sealed. Label and store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate after opening.

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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When I first saw this cake I knew I had to make it immediately. And this recipe didn’t lay around on the kitchen counter in my to-do pile for weeks and weeks on end, no sir, it moved right up to the top of the list. Besides, I had been eyeballing the most beautiful plums at the store. I love this cake, but, it did give me quite a bit of trouble. The first time I made it, I placed the plums at the bottom of the pan, as instructed. But when I removed the cake from the pan, some of the plums stayed at the bottom of the pan. Fiasco! But that only got me more determined to make this cake work for me. So I slept on it and decided to try it again. This time I started by placing dough in the bottom of the pan, then plums and topping it off with the remaining dough. It worked like a charm and I was very pleased with myself  🙂 The cottage cheese makes the cake itself moist and sweet which is a great contrast to the slightly tart plums. I know my pictures does not show it, but I also added a glaze to the top which turned out to be the icing on the cake (pun intended). I would recommend serving this the same day it’s baked when the cake is at its freshest.

Plum Cake Ingredients


For Cake:

125 gram butter at room temperature (9 tablespoons)

225 gram sugar (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons)

4 eggs

200 gram cottage cheese (3/4 cup)

1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

250 gram flour (2 1/4 cup)

2 teaspoon baking powder

4 plums

1-2 cinnamon Biscotti, crumbled

For Glaze:

100 gram powdered sugar (1 cup)

2 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon rum

1 teaspoon flour

Butter and sugar, crumbly

Plum Cake with sugar on top



Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (347 degrees F)

Plums should be pretty firm, not too soft and juicy. Cut plums into half and twist in opposite directions to separate. Cut pit out with knife. Place plums on paper towel with cut side down to absorb excess juices.

Place Biscotti in zip lock bag, close tightly and pound to crumble. Coat inside of loaf pan (5 x 9 inch) with butter and sprinkle Biscotti crumbs inside pan to coat sides and bottom with crumbs, discard excess crumbs. Set aside.

Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with mixer until blended well and crumbly. Add eggs one at the time, mixing well after each egg. Add cottage cheese, lemon zest and mix to blend. Stir flour and baking powder together and fold dry ingredients into batter.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Add plum half’s onto the batter, cut side down. Pour the remaining batter on top of plums and spread batter evenly. Sprinkle top with sugar. Bake cake in the middle of preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes until golden brown. Let cake cool off completely before removing from pan. Once removed from pan, mix glaze and spread over top of cake. Enjoy.

Plum cake with cottage cheese

Plum Cake With Cottage Cheese

Source: adapted from Arla


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