Angela's 'flexible' jam recipe

Angela's 'flexible' jam recipe

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


1.2 litres/4 jam jars
Make the most of fruit gluts and try making your own jam - delicious spread on homemade bread

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  • 900g fruit (blackberries, plums, raspberries or strawberries), prepared weight
  • 900g golden granulated sugar
  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…


  1. Put the fruit into a preserving pan or large heavy-based saucepan. For blackberries, add 50ml of water and 1½ tbsp of lemon juice; for plums (halved and stoned), use 150ml of water; for strawberries, add 3 tbsp of lemon juice (no water); and for raspberries, add nothing. Bring to the boil.

  2. Lower the heat. For blackberries, simmer for 15 minutes; for plums, simmer for 30-40 minutes; for raspberries, simmer for 2 minutes; for strawberries, simmer for 5 minutes. The fruit should be soft.

  3. Tip in the sugar, stir over a very low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Raise the heat, bring to a full rolling boil, then rapidly boil blackberries for 10-12 minutes, plums for 10 minutes, raspberries for 5 minutes or strawberries for 20-25 minutes - don’t stir though – until the setting point of 105C is reached.

  4. Remove from the heat, skim off any excess scum, then stir a knob of butter across the surface (this helps to dissolve any remaining scum). Leave for about 15 mins so the fruit can settle. Pour into sterilised jars, label and seal.

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Comments (133)

helsmccann's picture

Am planning to have a go this afternoon at making this. Was thinking about doing a strawberry jam (with a 100g of raspberries). Can you use jam sugar rather than normal sugar?

notjilly's picture

Excellent recipe. Used it twice now, strawberries a couple of months ago and now plums. The trouble is we don't have home made jam for long. My family devour it.
Thanks. might try raspberries next.

needy4cache's picture

Clear instructions, good that you're given timings for different fruits. My blackberry jam is setting as we speak and looks great (not runny like I've ended up with before!). I whizzed the fruit with a hand blender before it boiled so that it isn't too chunky to spread and I used jam sugar (contains pectin) so I didn't need to add pectin as I have done before. May try spiced plum jam around Christmas using this recipe to use for gifts!

eleven47's picture

I tried to make the jam with plums. As the recipe says - plums for 10 minutes - don't stir though - until the setting point of 105C is reached.

10 minutes passed and it was way below (although rapidly bubbling) the temperature suggested so i waited and waited and realised it was never going to reach it and took it of. I'm afraid all I had was burnt brown goo.

So I suppose as a novice I wanted to know is time more important than temperature?

I'm going to give it another go though as the tests I was doing throughout the process tasted great.

simosh's picture

The same thing happened to me, so before it got ruined completely i stirred it and took it off the stove. Even though the recommended temp wasn't reached, i got near enough and the jam turned out terrific. But it would help if someone could guide us in some way as to perhaps the vessel being used or the burner.

vikkiekaye's picture

I am a total sweet jam novice! Made an excellent plum jam tonight.... Tasty, simple & have been put in several little lakeland jars for Christmas presents next week & managed to fill a standard size jam jar for ourselves...

Will be making scones this week for an afternoon tea treat!

Go for it. Set perfectly when cooled down. No problems at all!

sarahcouling's picture

I made Blackberry jam and it turned out great.

bellasmum's picture

Really easy recipe to follow. I added half a peeled, chopped bramley apple to help with setting. It is quite sweet, but very nice.

zuzzie's picture

Had never made jam before and it turned out fab! I've made it a few times now, to rave reviews. I like it less sweet though, so dialed down the sugar a bit (only used about 750 gr).

zuzzie's picture

Had never made jam before and it turned out fab! I've made it a few times now, to rave reviews. I like it less sweet though, so dialed down the sugar a bit (only used about 750 gr).

deborahc5's picture

We have just made blackberry jam to the same recipe and used the cold plate method, this is our first attempt at jam making and we are so thrilled it has set and this is so easy to make and tastes delicious.

dchirnside's picture

I used the above recipe to make jam for the first time yeasterday (I used 400g of both blackberries and sugar). Given that it was my first time making jam I decided it best to follow the recipe and method to the letter. After 10 minutes of boiling, my jam smelt of burning so I took it off the heat, did the plate test as many have suggested and allowed the jam to settle before decanting. What I have been left with is a hard boiled sweet stuck to the jam jar I decanted it into :-( I don't think I'll be able to salvage this one. Maybe I can heat it and use in a crumble? Any suggestions??

tinatbennett's picture

First time 'jamming', made 1kg of damson jam (4 jars), i did use jam sugar though, and it set first time - perfect - very very dansomy jam - yum.

joanne-b's picture

Made great plum jam first try :)

cowen84's picture

i have helped my mum make jams on lots of occasions, but this was the first time 'flying solo'. made the blackberry jam with the wild blackberries i picked from my local park. really easy, really tasty and love that i still have chunks of blackberry in my jam - yummy!! oh, and i got 3 3/4 jars out of the recipe...1 was a really tall jar though :)

shirleyp's picture

Made this yesterday with plums, added some lemon juice and it set beautfully - looks lovely too

lonewolf's picture

This is such a simple recipe. I used 400grams of fruit (200g Blackberries and 200g Raspberries) and 300grams of sugar and followed the recipe (For Blackberries) exactly all the way and it filled one 360g jar perfectly. First time effort and it tastes lush! :)

I'm thinking of following this for something like Blackberry and Chilli (50g Jamaican Hot) or Plums/Peach and Chilli jam.

sbaileyhawke's picture

Made the plum jam and followed the recipie and it turned out really well. First jam attempt.

chef1697's picture

me and a friend made the blackberry version two days ago but did 600g of berries and 550g of sugar and added lemon zest. best jam ive tasted in a very long time and will be making more very soon especially as where i live blackberry bushes are every where and with some very tasty fruits too!!!

philb82's picture

Had a big bag of plums off a friend's tree. never made jam before and using this recipe i ended up with a really tasty jam.


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