High Dumpsy Dearie – Traditional English Fruit Jam

55 mins (prep 30, cooking 25)
8 ingredients
7-8 servings
I cannot resist sharing this recipe with you all, if only to try to preserve its delightful name! Nobody appears to know where the name originated from, although it has been suggested that it was an enterprising farmer’s wife, using up her windfall fruit that came up with the quirky name. The jam is thought to originate from Worcestershire, although Gloucestershire also lays claim to it! Nevertheless, this is a wonderful jam which makes full use of three of my favourite Autumn fruits – Apples, Pears and Plums. The jam is a lovely deep rosy pink colour and is delicious not only on bread, toast and scones – but also when used in steamed jam puddings such as Jam Roly-Poly. Do not omit the lemon and ginger – they are the key to the flavour in this lovely jam. The recipe is easily increased or reduced, as long as the ratio of fruit is the same, it works just as well. N.B. It is sometimes seen as Dumpsie Dearie Jam. Please note that I have quoted UK yield - we use pound and half pound jars, which I believe may equate to pint and half pint jars in the States.

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  • 2 lbs cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 2 lbs pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 2 lbs plums, halved and stoned
  • 2 ounces fresh gingerroot, bruised and tied in a muslin bag
  • 4 1/2 lbs sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest of, grated
  • butter (optional)


Serving Size (559.47 g)
Servings 7
Amount per Serving
Calories 1247.72 Calories from Fat 9.72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.08g 11.68%
Saturated Fat 0.13g 4.39%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 10.45mg 3.05%
Total Carbohydrate 320.18g 747.1%
Dietary Fiber 6.64 g 185.98%
Sugars 304.01 g %
Protein 2.0g 28.01%
Vitamin A 502.85IU% Vitamin C 30.86mg%
Calcium 84.56mg% Iron 0.8mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
cooking apples, fresh