Plums baked with Honey, Orange and Cardamom


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.

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


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