A flavourful plum jam with cloves and cocoa. Perfect for this time of the year, both to share on your Christmas table and to give away in cute little jars as present.
Halve and seed the plums. Peel and core the apple, dice it and add it to the plums. Add fruits to a large pot with a thick bottom and set on medium-high heat.
Add the sugar, cocoa powder and cloves and stir to evenly distribute the sugar. Keep on medium-high heat for the first 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.
After the first 15 minutes, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and let simmer for 45 minutes, just checking occasionally to make sure the jam is not sticking to the bottom of the pan.
After the first hour on the heat, remove the lid and let simmer uncovered for 30 more minutes. Stir from time to time, as during this stage the jam will reduce and it may stick to the bottom of the pot more easily.
When the jam has reached a nice thick texture, after cooking for about 1,5 hours, remove from the heat. Remove all the cloves and blend the jam for a smoother even texture. Jar immediately, or let cool to use as a spread. The flavour of the cloves is much more intense when the jam is hot, and will diminish as it cools.
Place cloves in a teabag and simmer in the jam bagged. This way it will be much easier to remove the cloves than plucking them out one by one.