Plum Date Balsamic Spread

angy and Delicious Prune Plum and Date Balsamic Spread for CrackersIt has been awhile since I have found myself in the kitchen preparing something new as sometimes old standards are where it is at! That, and we were on vacation for the first two weeks of September.

I knocked a big item off my bucket list on this trip when we visited mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. This had been a dream of mine since watching the movie Gorillas in Mist, circa 1989. The hour that we spent with the family of 17 mountain gorillas was everything that I had dreamed of and more.

Visiting Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in UgandaAs much as we enjoyed the mountain gorilla experience it was nice to get back into the kitchen and whip up some Plum Date Balsamic Spread. This sugar free spread is inspired by a Cherry Date Balsamic Spread that I made last year. I was too late this year  to buy cherries so I thought that italian prune plums would be a great substitution.

angy and Delicious Prune Plum and Date Balsamic Spread for CrackersUnfortunately, italian prune plums are only available for a few weeks in the fall. If the prune plums are not available in your area any type of plum could be substituted in this recipe.

Italian Prune Plums available in the Fall

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Plum Date Balsamic Spread can be enjoyed with cheese, spread on crackers or as a dipping sauce for chicken. The balsamic vinegar adds a tangy kick to the sweetness of the plums and the dates.
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Serves: 10 - 250 ml jars
Ingredients
  • 8 cups italian prune plums, pitted and halved
  • 8 cups majool dates, pitted and halved
  • 4 cups balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Put the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and simmer on low heat for three hours.
  3. With an immersion blender, break down the plums and dates.
  4. Continue simmering for approximately one hour more until the spread is the consistency of peanut butter.
  5. Put the hot spread in clean, sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath canner for five minutes.

Please refer to my Step by Step Canning Guide for more information on proper canning techniques.

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