Baking plums makes them tender and sweet. Here we bake them with orange, honey and cardamom but you could easily substitute the zest and juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes for the orange juice and use either chopped ginger or a spoon of vanilla extract or orange flower water instead of the cardamoms.
1 tablespoon butter
12 plums, halved and stoned
4 tablespoons honey, golden syrup or maple syrup
Juice and zest of 1 orange
The tiniest pinch of sea salt (optional)
Seeds of 4 cardamoms
1. Preheat the oven to 200C – 400F – Gas 6. Place the butter in a medium-sized baking dish and pop it in the oven for a minute or two to melt.
2. Add the plums, cut side down. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the plums are soft but holding their shape. Spoon the juices over the fruit halfway through cooking and turn them so they finish cut-side up in the dish. Serve warm or cold drizzled with a spoon or two of the syrup and with a cool dollop of creme fraiche on each plum.
Make sure to use a dish that is not too large or the juices will burn and you’ll be left with no syrup to spoon over the cooked plums.
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