Yummy Plum and Vanilla Bean Jam Recipe!

2013 May 01 |  Words by Samantha Jones | 

Plum and Vanilla Bean Jam

Shared on: May 01, 2013

This Plum and Vanilla Bean Jam recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser! This recipe combines the tangy sweetness of a plum with the saccharine essence of vanilla, resulting in a preserve that tastes great on its own, or with other food types - both savoury and sweet! A delicious twist on the classic fruit jam!

Servings: 3 x 420g Jars

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes


  • 1kg Victoria plums
  • 120ml water
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 450g granulated sugar


  1. Thoroughly wash the 1kg of plums removing any dirt or blemishes.
  2. Cut the plums in half, twist apart and remove the stone and cut in half once more, making sure to remove any internal bruising.
  3. Split the vanilla pod open lengthways and place into a large pan along with the plums and the water.
  4. Bring to a simmer and allow the plums to cook for 15-20 minutes or until soft and broken down.
  5. Meanwhile wash and dry three jam jars and place into a 120C oven to sterilise.
  6. Slowly stir in the sugar and continue to stir until it has all dissolved and the mixture has turned clear and shiny.
  7. Bring the mixture back to a rolling boil and allow to cook, stirring every few minutes to prevent the bottom from burning.
  8. Once the mixture starts to thicken, conduct a setting test (by placing a small amount of the jam onto a plate and place in the fridge for a few minutes. Then gently push your index finger through the pool of jam, if it crinkles slightly then the jam is ready. If not, then allow to cook for a few minutes more before testing again).
  9. When ready, remove the jam from the heat, extract the vanilla pod from the jam and take your jam jars out of the oven.
  10. Place a strip of vanilla pod into each jar and then divide the jam between the jars, filling each one till there is just half a centimetre of head space left.
  11. Screw the tops onto the hot jars using a pair of rubber gloves to prevent burning yourself.
  12. Allow to cool before storing in a cool dark place for up to a year.
Eat on toast, with cheese and crackers, or with delicious baked goods like cakes and scones!
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    One Response to Yummy Plum and Vanilla Bean Jam Recipe!

    1. Samantha Jones  says:

      Please feel free :)

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