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Victorian Plum Conserve

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 51 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.