Recipe for golden plum jam, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. Perfect for morning toast or biscuit, and hostess, housewarming or holiday gifting.

Happy day my friends!  Hope all is well in your world. I have a delicious recipe for Spiced Golden Plum Jam for you today. 

Several years ago I began making jams and preserves and it’s become one of those seasonal traditions for me. In the early summer months, it’s blueberry and peach jam. In the late summer and fall months, I turn my preserving attentions to plums, apples, and pears.

One of my all-time favorite fruits to make jams and preserves from are golden or yellow plums. The brightness of both the color and taste of these fruits make especially lovely preserves.

Recipe for golden plum jam, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. Perfect for morning toast or biscuit, and hostess, housewarming or holiday gifting.

Not only does my family relish having homemade preserves for their toast, but these small jars of deliciousness make great gifts. I like to attach a little spoon when I gift these jars of spiced plum jam.

When I go to antique stores I am always on the lookout for old spoons so that I have a little stash of them for gifting or for my own use.Collection of spoons for gifting jars of jam

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I have a lovely collection of cookbooks that I love to peruse for inspiration prior to my canning foray. Nothing comes closer to sheer bliss than when I’m sitting in my comfy kitchen chair (when Flora’s not in it, that is) with a cup of tea and a stack of cookbooks to look through.

For this Spiced Plum Jam recipe, I used the Cardamom Plum Jam recipe from Liana Krissoff’s book Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry as the basis, but then put my own riff on it by adding a few more spices.

Recipe for golden plum jam, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. Perfect for morning toast or biscuit, and hostess, housewarming or holiday gifting.

While plums are technically a ‘summer’ fruit, the addition of the warm spices of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger in this golden plum (or yellow plum) jam seem to make it more of a fall preserve, perfect for your toast or biscuit with your cup of coffee or tea on a cool-ish morning.Recipe for golden plum jam, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. Perfect for morning toast or biscuit, and hostess, housewarming or holiday gifting.

If you don’t have a whole lot of experience canning, but want to dip your toe into the preserving waters, then simple jams like this are the way to go. You do need some basic tools (canning jars, jar lifter, etc…), but beyond that, water bath canning is a very straightforward process.

By all means, if you do decide to try canning for the first time, your very first purchase should be The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.

Here are the jars I used, but mine have the black lids. I don’t see that they sell the black lids anymore!

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Spiced Golden Plum Jam

A delicately spiced plum jam
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword canning, preserving, plums, golden plums, yellow plum recipes, yellow plum recipe, golden plum
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5 half-pint jars
Calories 489 kcal
Author Lianna Krisoff


  • 4 pounds plums any type but I prefer golden
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strained fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 slice of ginger cut in half
  • 6 green cardamom pods crushed (1/2 teaspoon ground). If using pods/seeds place in tea infuser or wrap in a square of cheesecloth.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Prepare canner, jars and lids. SeeThe Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for instruction and additional reference.
  2. Place a saucer with 3 spoons on it in your freezer
  3. Put plums and sugar in a wide, 6-8 quart preserving pan or stainless steel saucepan.
  4. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, then continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour into a colander set over a large bowl and stir the plums gently to drain off the juice.
  6. Return the juice to the pan, along with ginger slices, cardamom and cinnamon and bring to a boil over high heat.
  7. Boil, stirring occasionally until the syrup is reduced and thick, about 10 minutes.
  8. Return the plum and any accumulated juice to the pan, along with the lime juice and bring to a simmer.
  9. Simmer, stirring frequently, until a small dab of the jam spooned onto the cold plate and set in the freezer for a minute becomes somewhat firm (it will not gel), about 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Spoon your jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
  12. Remove air bubbles and wipe rim.
  13. Center lid on jar
  14. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight.
  15. Place jars in canner, making sure they are completely covered with water
  16. Cover pot and bring to a boil
  17. Boil for 10 minutes
  18. Turn heat off, remove lid and let sit for 5 minutes
  19. Carefully remove jars with jar lifter and place on a rack where they can be undisturbed for 24 hours.
  20. Refrigerate any jars if their lids don't pop down.
  21. Notes
  22. This recipe assumes some knowledge of proper and safe canning techniques. Please see the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for guidance.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Golden Plum Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 607mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 124g 41%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 116g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 45.7%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe for golden plum jam, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. Perfect for morning toast or biscuit, and hostess, housewarming or holiday gifting.

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Recipe for golden plum jam, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. Perfect for morning toast or biscuit, and hostess, housewarming or holiday gifting.

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  1. Tammy

    September 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

    We are jam lovers around here. This sounds delicious! I will have to try it. 🙂

    • lynn

      September 20, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Hi Tammy, I do hope you and your crew enjoy. It is really a lovely, faintly spiced delicious treat. Do you have snow yet? Joking…but just a little.

      Have a great day!

      Hugs, Lynn

      • Tammy

        September 20, 2016 at 10:16 am

        You think that is funny but it will be snowing here soon! 🙁

  2. Sherry

    September 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I love the idea of adding a vintage spoon as a gift!! Very clever! There is nothing better than homemade jams on toast in the morning and this recipe sounds amazing! Thanks.

    • lynn

      September 20, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Hi Sherry! The only problem with collecting vintage spoons as gifts is that in reality, I’m having a hard time parting with them…I keep them in an old baby cup on my hutch and really love looking at them. We’ll see how many actually leave my home this Christmas!

      Many hugs to you today…I know you are crazy busy.


  3. Mindy

    September 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hi Lynn! This sounds absolutely delish! I’m a jam/preserves kinda girl. I love to put them on toast, or English muffins, or bagels…. This makes a great gift & I love the idea of including a pretty spoon with the jar. Great idea!

    • lynn

      September 20, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Good Morning Mindy and I hope your day is off to a good start. I’ve gone almost gluten free and one of the things i miss most is jam on toast or english muffin! And the GF bread, it just doesn’t do it for me most of the time. So I know how much you enjoy that simple but delightful little treat. Enjoy!

      Thanks for coming by today and wishing you a lovely week ahead.

      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Liz

    September 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Mmmm I’ve been bingeing on plums recently, so this jam recipe looks extra delicious! 😀

    • lynn

      September 24, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Hey Liz…it’s quite tasty.Give it a try! And…thanks for your restaurant suggestions. We ended up at Al’s Burger Shack and I had a burger with the bacon caramelized onion jam and blue cheese! So good.

      Have a great day.


  5. Sarah @ 2paws Designs

    September 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Love the idea of including a spoon with the gifted jars of jam. What a neat idea. And they are so pretty too!

    • lynn

      September 24, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Sarah! My challenge is parting with them…I get to love these little spoons. But I’m accumulating quite a stash, so I really do need to do a better job of gifting them.

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, LYnn

  6. Holly McCall {McCall Manor}

    September 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    HI! Thanks for linking up last week at Your Inspired Design, you are being featured this week! Stop by tomorrow to see and to link up some more of your fabulous creations! We love it!!!

    • lynn

      September 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Holly, Thanks so very much for the feature! I am heading over right now to share and visit. Have a great day.



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