Sunday, October 10, 2010

Italian Prune Jam

Recently we bought a pack of Italian prunes from Costco. The prunes were tart and sweet and had a deeper flavor than the regular plums. It was a 3 pound pack and I was wondering how I could use the rest of them. Both of us are not great fans of cakes and cookies, so I made jam out of the remaining prunes. It turned out to be excellent and there is another jam recipe in my kitty. It takes around 1- 1/2 hours to prepare this jam, so plan in advance.

2 pounds prunes
1 pound sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/2 teaspoon clove powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
juice of one lemon
2 tablespoon rind of lemon

De-seed the prunes and quarter the prunes. Put the prunes in a heavy bottomed pan and cook on low flame for around 15-30 minutes. Add sugar and all the spices, lemon juice and lemon rind and cook for 1 hour or till the prunes are well cooked. The mixture should achieve the consistency of jam. Cool and put it in bottles. Spread on top of hot buttered bread.