How to make Small Batch Plum and Raisin Jam

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This small Batch Plum and Raisin Jam is a favourite of mine. Rich and delicious, made with Juicy ripe plums and sweet Raisins, this Winter Jam is perfect on freshly baked bread, on a scone, or you could even add a dollop to your morning porridge.

Plum and Raisin jam

Why I love this recipe

Ooh let me count the ways!

  • Its easy! Just 5 ingredients
  • Its quick! Just 20 minutes cooking time
  • Its delicious!

And just in case that isn’t enough…

  • Making Jam is a great way to preserve seasonal harvests, so you can still enjoy your bounties throughout the cooler months
  • Homemade Jam in my opinion is so much better than shop bought. A homemade Jam is free of unwelcome additives, artificial preservatives or thickeners that are often found in store bought Jam.
Plum Jam ingredients

Plum and Raisin Jam Ingredients

  • Plums whichever type you like, all will work with this recipe.
  • Raisins I used Raisins but you could always substitute for dried Cranberries or dried blackcurrant, even dried chopped dates would work.
  • Sugar Granulated Sugar is the best to use.
  • Orange Slices If you are Orangeless! 1/2 a lemon thinly sliced can be used instead
  • Cinnamon Quill A Cinnamon quill can be substituted for 1 tsp of ground Cinnamon
Plum and Raisin Jam Ingredients

Step by Step instructions

  1. Place a small saucer in the freezer (this is to test the jam has set later on)
  2. Sterilise the Jar and lid, do this by running them through the dishwasher on the highest setting or boiling the jar and lid in a large pan of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  3. Gather all the ingredients
  4. Wash the plums and remove any blemishes. Cut in half and remove the stones
  5. Slice half an Orange thinly.
  6. Add the Plums, Orange Slices, Raisins Sugar and Cinnamon Quill to a large saucepan
  7. Cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes ( If you would prefer not to have orange rind in your jam, remove the Orange rind with a fork half way though cooking)
  8. To test Jam, retrieve the saucer from the freezer, spoon on a little jam and push inward with your finger, if it wrinkles its ready.
  9. Pour into sterilised Jars while still hot.
  10. Cover Jar Opening with a wax disc, then screw on the lid.
Plum jam recipe


How long will Plum and Raisin Jam Last?

A properly sealed Jar will have a shelf life of at least a year. If opened, store in the fridge and consume within 1 month.

Should I peel the plums ?

Nope! Plum skins have high amounts of pectin, which aids the Jam to set.

Can I use less sugar ?

I wouldn’t. The sugar sweetens the fruit but is also there to act as a preservative, reducing the sugar will alter the structure and stability of the Jam.

Plum Jam recipe
Plum and raisin jam Recipe

Give it a try and let me know how you get on in the comments, or tag me on Instagram, I would love to see your creations.

Plum and Raisin Jam

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes


  • 470 g plums
  • 350 g Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Orange thinly sliced
  • 1 Cinnamon Quill
  • 80 g Raisins


  • Cut the plums in half and remove the stones
  • Thinly slice half an Orange
  • Add the plums, Orange Slices, Sugar, Raisins & Cinnamon Quill to a large pan
  • Place a saucer in the freezer (this is to test jam later)
  • Cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes (if you would prefer no orange rind in your Jam, half way through pick out with a fork)
  • To test the jam, retrieve the saucer from the freezer, spoon on a small amount and gently push the edge of the jam with your finger, if it wrinkles its ready.
  • Remove the Cinnamon Quill
  • Pour into a sterile Jar while still hot, seal with a wax disc and screw on the lid.

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