How to Cook | How to Bake Plums

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Baking fruit helps to keep its shape. Pop the plums in the oven at the end of cooking a roast and dessert will be ready by the time you finish the main course. Serve the plums warm or cold with ice-cream, Greek yogurt or sour cream. Add a sprinkling of crushed nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup for an extra treat. Plus variations on the recipe for vanilla plums, cardamom plums and more.

Serves 4


8 plums
4 tablespoons of demerara or caster sugar (or use honey, maple syrup or agave syrup)
4 tablespoons cold water


1. Preheat the oven to 160C Fan – 180C – 350F – Gas 4.

2. Place the plums in a well-fitting baking dish and spoon over the sugar and water. Bake for 40 minutes until the plums are soft and the fruits still hold their shape. Serve one or two plums per person with a few spoons of syrup and a good spoon of sour cream. Use leftovers for breakfast.

Baked Plums with Vanilla – add a teaspoon of vanilla extract with the water.
Baked Orange Plums – use fresh orange juice instead of water and add the zest of one orange.
Baked Plums with Orange Flower Water – add 1 teaspoon of orange flower water
Baked Plums with Cardamom – add the seeds of three green cardamoms
Baked Plums with Star Anise – add one or two star anise bulbs
Baked Plums with Cinnamon – add 1 stick of cinnamon
Baked Plums with Nutmeg – add a grating of nutmeg to taste
Baked Plums with Rose – add a 1/4 teaspoon of rose extract or 1 teaspoon of rosewater.
Baked Plums with Lemon or Lime – add the zest of one lemon or lime.

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This recipe has been triple-tested in the gréatfood test kitchen.

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