Small-Batch, Quick Plum & Vanilla Jam

I bought three plums at the store without much of a plan for them, but then I remembered this small-batch jam and I got to chopping. It's soooo good. I stirred this into overnight oats and plan to plop a spoonful on top of ice cream later.


  • 8 cups plums, cut into 1" chunks (leave the peel on)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar (or to taste, depending on how sweet the plums are)
  • 2 tablespoons water


Step 1

Heat a large pot over medium heat until hot. Add the plums, vanilla extract, sugar, and water, mixing well with a wooden spoon.

Step 2

Stirring occasionally, allow to cook until the plums break down and the juices thicken and the fruit becomes smooshy and breaks down on its own, about 25 to 30 minutes. Lower the heat if it looks like it may be sticking or burning. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 10 days.