This is my favorite way to use up jam right now. chocolate-plum jam with cowgirl creamery mt. tam cheese = i’m eating it for breakfast, whether that’s an appropriate breakfast or not. eggs be damned. Cowgirl Creamery cheese is insanely expensive but 100% worth every penny and totally delicious.* Chocolate plum jam, on the other hand, is dirt cheap if you make it when there are lots of plums around. The original recipe, which I wrote last summer, is here.
Since I am so incredibly happy and humbled to be up on Freshly Pressed today, I want to share a few tweaks that I think make it even better. This is absolutely one of the best jams I’ve ever made and I hope that you bookmark it for when the plums come in so you can make it too.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading. I can’t say it enough.
Improved Chocolate Plum Jam
Cook Time: oh, an hour or so
- 6 c. santa rosa plums, diced
- 5 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- 2 tbs. pomegranate vinegar (any fruity vinegar is good- raspberry, balsamic, etc.)
- 1 sprig of fresh sage (4 or 5 leaves)
Bring boiling water canner to a boil. Combine all the ingredients in a large, nonreactive pot. Cook on high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the plums from sticking and burning. Cook until the jam reaches 220 on a candy thermometer, or whatever your preferred method of testing for gel point is. (I realized my candy thermometer is a piece of crap and not accurate at all, so I’ve just been doing the sheeting method with the spoon I stir the jam with- click this link for a picture if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
Before you put the jam into jars, you can remove the sage leaves if you want. I actually gave the whole thing – sage leaves and all – a zap with my immersion blender since I was using frozen plums that didn’t have much in the texture department anyway. Purée it or leave it chunky – either way is fine.
Pour the hot jam into clean half pint jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Wipe rims and screw on lids. Process half pints for ten minutes (adjust for altitude if necessary).
*they didn’t pay me to say that or anything, the Cowgirl Creamery people definitely don’t know who I am.