YieldsMakes 4 jars (8 oz. each)Total Time40 mins
Peppercorns play up the plums' natural spiciness without adding too much heat.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Bring 1 3/4 cups apricot nectar and spices to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat, covered. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain, then measure 1 1/4 cups, adding more juice if needed.

Step 2
2

Combine pectin and 1/4 cup sugar in a 5- to 6-qt. pot. Stir in plums, then spiced juice, lemon juice, and butter. Bring to a brisk boil over high heat, stirring often.

Step 3
3

Add remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar. Return jam to a brisk boil, stirring. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 4
4

Ladle jam into heatproof jars, distributing fruit evenly, and close with lids. Let cool to room temperature, inverting jars occasionally to distribute fruit. Keeps, chilled, up to 1 month.

Step 5
5

*We used Santa Cruz Organic Apricot Nectar.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per tbsp.

Ingredients

  About 1 3/4 cups apricot nectar*, preferably unsweetened
 1 teaspoon whole allspice
 2 cinnamon sticks
 4 green cardamom pods, cracked
 1 teaspoon peppercorns
 2 1/2 tablespoons (half a 1 3/4-oz. package) Sure-Jell pectin labeled "For less or no sugar needed recipes"
 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
 3 1/2 cups chopped ripe plums (from about 1 1/4 lbs. fruit)
 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 1/4 teaspoon butter (prevents foaming)

Directions

Step 1
1

Bring 1 3/4 cups apricot nectar and spices to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat, covered. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain, then measure 1 1/4 cups, adding more juice if needed.

Step 2
2

Combine pectin and 1/4 cup sugar in a 5- to 6-qt. pot. Stir in plums, then spiced juice, lemon juice, and butter. Bring to a brisk boil over high heat, stirring often.

Step 3
3

Add remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar. Return jam to a brisk boil, stirring. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 4
4

Ladle jam into heatproof jars, distributing fruit evenly, and close with lids. Let cool to room temperature, inverting jars occasionally to distribute fruit. Keeps, chilled, up to 1 month.

Step 5
5

*We used Santa Cruz Organic Apricot Nectar.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per tbsp.

Spiced Plum Jam