I have plums. My plum trees are currently maturing like crazy.
I made plum chutney back in 2011, which was pretty easy and neat. But right now, I wanted to try my hand at something new. (Plus, something easier…)
My mother has this fruit steamer system that you can make cordial in. Essentially, a pot of water (#1) at the bottom, a pot to collect the cordial in (#2) and one meshed pot to have on top for the berries/fruit to start out in (#3) – from which they will drain to #2 as they get steamed.
It’s really quite easy, apart from the clean up. (If you don’t have a steamer, it looks pretty easy to make it in regular pots as well, see link to the recipe below.)
I used the list of ingredients from this recipe from Australian Gourmet Traveller as my basis ( I had 3.4 kg plums with the stones still in them, so I multiplied to match the ratios).
Since I have the steamer system, I added everything into the steamer straight away. I also included the vanilla pods with the plums, to infuse it even further.I found this recipe to be a bit more interesting in terms of final taste than if I’d just added plums and sugar to the mix.