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Polish Plum Butter Recipe - Powidla Sliwkowe


Polish Plum Butter - Powidla

Polish Plum Butter - Powidla

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This recipe for Polish Plum Butter - Powidla Sliwkowe - calls for only two ingredients - plums and sugar and not very much of the latter.

Of all the powidlas, plum powidla is the best known and best loved. It is used as a spread on bread, rolls, sour-milk pancakes - racuszki - but also in sauces, pastries and sometimes in the national dish of Poland - Hunter's Stew or bigos. It is even sometimes turned into soup -- powidlanka.

This recipe easily can be increased.

Makes 1 pint of Polish Plum Butter or Powidla Sliwkowke

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • 1 pound ripe Italian or damson plums, washed, halved and pitted
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar


  1. Place plums in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until plums completely break down and are tender, stirring with a wooden spoon.

  2. Add sugar to taste and continue to cook and stir until butter is thick enough so when a spoonful is turned upside down it doesn't immediately drop back into the pan.

  3. Place hot powidla into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Cover with hot sterilized lids and rings. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove to counter and allow to cool before storing in a cool, dry, dark place.

  4. If you don't process in a water bath, the butter can be kept refrigerated for up to three weeks or frozen for up to one year.

Note: Before attempting a home canning project, read what the Ball canning jars company has to say about it.
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