Plum Butter

posted by Nalani 03-26-99 8:39 AM

Plum Butter

1 1/2 pounds of fresh plums, sliced and pitted.
2 Cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of each: nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

In heavy kettle, stir plums and 1/2 cup of the sugar over lowest heat. When juices flow, bring to boil: cook for 5 minutes or until fruit is tender.

Pour into blender or food processor. Chop on low speed, 2 seconds. Return mixture to kettle: add remaining sugar and spices. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, yet maintain active bubbling: cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Butter is done when it sheets from a metal spoon. Or, pour a spoonful on a chilled saucer, if no rim of liquid forms around edge of butter, it is done.

Ladle at once into hot sterilized screw-top jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace and seal.

Makes 3 half-pints.

Note: For a thicker butter, cook 5 minutes more.

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