Thanks to my two plum trees in our garden, I now have lots and lots of plums in my fridge, and basically all over the place. This is my first time ever, to be blessed with so much delicious fruit, since this is my first summer in this house with this beautiful, green and fruity garden.
So, what to do with all those delicious plums? Well…you can do all kinds of yummy things with them. For starters I’m showing you how I made some great plum preserve. It’s very easy and quickly done.
First you wash the plums ( approximately 750 g), half them and take the seeds out. After that you add some lemon juice to them (3 TBS), some brown sugar ( 200g), a cinnamon stick, some vanilla sugar, or vanilla paste to taste, and one star anis. Mix everything and let it sit, covered, for about an hour. After that you heat it up to a boil, reduce to medium heat and cook it all for about 10 minutes, or until the plums are all soft and well cooked. Then you take the cinnamon stick out, as well as the star anis. Mix everything well again and fill it all up in already pre-sterilized preserving jars. Wipe the edge off with a damp cloth, if there’s any excess preserve on it, and close the lid tightly. Put the jars upside down, and let them sit like that for about 10 minutes, which helps create a vacuum inside. When done, store them in a dark cool place until you use them.
To sterilize the jars, you just put the jars in a big pot with water. Boil the water, then reduce the heat and let the jars sit in that hot boiled water for about 10 minutes. After that you take them out and put them upside down on a clean cloth, to dry. Do the same with the lids.
And the result looks like this:
Plum preserves are really good with crepes, or with milk pudding, and my favorite, with semolina pudding.
If you wish I can add the recipe for the semolina pudding as well. Just let me know!