If you’re lucky enough to live near by or even have your own Damson tree in your garden then you’ll know that you get a lot of fruit. This is a great way to preserve the taste of early Autumn for months to come. The flavour of the star anise compliments the plums really well and for me makes it taste even more autumnal.
If you want a headier spiced flavour then use more star anise; you could also add cloves or a cinnamon stick whilst the jam boils. This jam is a delicious filling in doughnuts – an upgrade to the classic strawberry in my opinion.