Victorian Plum Conserve Recipe

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This old-fashioned spicy treat is wonderful spread on scones and toast, used as a tart filling, or served with poultry and ham.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 10 min. + standing
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 10 min. + standing
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 3 medium navel oranges
  • 12 ripe plums (about 4 pounds), pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped peeled ripe pears
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 51 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Grate the peel from the oranges, reserving the peel (about 1/3 cup). Peel off and discard white membrane; section the oranges. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the orange sections and peel, plums, raisins, pears, sugar, allspice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook for 1 hour or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  2. Pour hot mixture into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Yield: 9 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Victorian Plum Conserve in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2005, p38

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CatherineBennet User ID: 3737321 156722
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"This not only tasted good, but the smell was so wonderful. Thanks for sharing."

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