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It might almost be too late for plums now but I had a batch a couple of weeks ago that weren’t ripening and I made them in to this delicious and dead easy pud. If you’re still waiting for yours to ripen you could try this as a way of getting rid of them – and admitting defeat on the ‘ripen in the fruit bowl’ sticker. Mine were snooker-ball hard and they came out juicy and soft. I don’t even like poached fruit type puddings normally but something about this one works – it is fragrant and wonderful. Just make sure you let them cool down from the oven for about 20 mins before serving so they are warm not scalding. This is a recipe from delicious magazine, by Nigella Lawson, and she says they are ‘dreamy with cream, custard or store bought cinnamon ice cream’ but also mentions that pairing them with rice pudding is ‘exceptional’. I went for vanilla ice cream. 

1kg of plums might seem like a lot for 4 people but the leftovers are delicious with a bit of greek yoghurt…

Autumnal spiced plums

Serves 4

Prep: 10 mins Cooking: 45 mins – 1 hour

1kg plums

125ml (1/2 cup) honey

60ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup

1 cinnamon quill, broken in two

2 star anise [I didn’t have any of these but found a Chinese 5 spice powder at the back of the cupboard and put a pinch of that in instead]

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 160C. Choose an oven-proof dish that will fit the plums halved in one layer. Stone the halved plums and put them in the dish, cut side down.

Put all the other ingredients into a saucepan with 375ml (1 1/2 cups) water and bring to the boil. Pour the resulting spicy syrup over the plums and cover tightly with a lid of foil. Place the plums in the oven for 45 mins to 1 hour, by which time the plums should be tender.

Remove the foil and leave to cool slightly. They are best served warm rather than hot. If you wish to cook them in advance, they reheat easily on top of the stove.

 

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