Five Spice Plum Jam

This is a sweet and tart recipe that is really easy to make.  The Chinese 5-spice powder is totally optional but adds a little extra depth of flavor.



Find some plums.  I got a bunch from my in-laws’ trees.  Some were sweet and some were tart so  try to find some that are similar.  Dunk your plums in boiling water for about 1 minute (until the skins burst) then dip into cold water so they’re easy to peel.  I suppose this step is optional but I didn’t want the skins in my jam. 

You’ll need:

5 C. pitted plums (a mix of tart and sweet)

2 C. granulated sugar

2 C. brown sugar

1 C. water

1 tsp. Chinese 5-spice powder.  You can use more if you wish but the anise could overwhelm the flavor of the plums.

Combine your plums, sugars and water in a large saucepot.  Slowing bring to a boil, stirring while the sugar dissolves to prevent sticking.  Cook quickly at a boil for about 15 minutes and be sure to stir as mixture thickens to prevent sticking and scorching.  Add the 5-spice powder during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Remove from heat.  You can either freeze or poor hot jam into 1/2 pint jars for canning.  If canning…. adjust 2-piece lids and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.


3 thoughts on “Five Spice Plum Jam

    1. It is different. The 5-spice powder gives it a ‘warmth’ from the cloves / ginger and a little spice from the cinnamon… plus a little of an anise flavor that gets you at the end. It’s discreet but it’s there. 🙂

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