Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums

I can tell Winter is fast approaching because my food has gone from crunchy salads followed by fruit salads to stews followed by hot puddings. And one of the quickest and easiest to make and still very satisfying desserts are my autumnal warm spiced plums. There is something so delicious about juicy plums warmed up and marinated in warming spices.

Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums

Quick and Easy

If you want a quick and easy desert then look no further, the juicy plums are sweet and the spices are lovely and warming. And it’s actually not too unhealthy either, in the whole recipe there is only 30 grams (1/8 cup) of dark brown sugar. I did try it without the sugar but I did find no matter how sweet the plums were it was still a little tart and the small amount of sugar really did make the difference.

Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums


Added in along with the plums and sugar is vanilla extract, which just helps to round out the flavour. A pinch of ground mace, which can be replaced with ground nutmeg gives a lovely earthy flavour to the plums and one of my all time favourite spices, a whole star anise. Star anise has a lovely mild aniseed flavour to it and really goes well with fruit.

Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums

Tart it up!

To make this a little fancier you could always serve it with cream or ice cream, both go really well with these stewed plums. And even though it may sound a little strange I once served these plums with a cheese board and they went down a storm. So they are really versatile.

Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums

Because your time in limited this dessert will bail you out when you are wanting a warming sweet treat to end the night on.

Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums
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A quick and easy warming fruity dessert. Plums stewed in a little sugar syrup flavoured with warming spices.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 servings
  • 5 large ripe plums
  • 120 millilitres water, (1/2 cup)
  • 30 grams dark brown sugar, (1/8 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 whole star anise
  • pinch ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour, (corn starch)
  1. Wash, quarter and de stone the plums.
  2. In a medium sized pan, heat the water, sugar, vanilla and star anise until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the plums to the pan and bring to a light boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. In a small cup add the cornflour then 2 tablespoons of the juice from the plums and stir till well mixed then pour into the pan.
  5. Stir and it will thicken quickly. Take off the heat and cover the pan. Allow it to sit for a further 5 minutes to cool a little and the flavours to fully infuse.
  6. Fish out the star anise, then divide between 2 bowls. Serve with cream or ice cream if you are looking for a more decedent dessert.


Author: Emma

I make, photograph and write every post on Bake Then Eat. If you ever come over to visit you will be presented with a plethora of home bakes, expect to leave my home a few pounds heavier and with a doggy bag!

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    • Hi Jess, thank you they do go well with ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I’ve never had a dish like this one, but it looks so warm and cozy for winter! I think ice cream would be my topping of choice, but all your suggestions sound delicious!

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    • Hi Brianna, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Ice cream is an amazing partner for this dish!

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  2. I love plums, but haven’t ever cooked them like this. The blend of spices sound like they’d really bring out the flavors of the plums! I’m always looking for warm, comforting foods once winter starts and these look perfect. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Emma! Stay warm:)
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    • Hi Heather, thank you. There spices really compliment the plums well and its a great warming treat to eat ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Your spiced plums look marvelous! And despite the chill in the air, I’d love mine over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. SO yummy!

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    • Hi Liz, thank you they do go great with vanilla ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Maureen, thank you they are a cozy dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Ashley I am glad a fellow cheese-a-holic can appreciate that ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Ooh these look incredible – they do actually sound like they would go well with a cheese board. They would make a fantastic crumble filling as well I imagine!
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    • Hi Natalie, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ they do go surprisingly well with cheese but then again I love fruit with my cheese! I have never tried it but you are right I bet they would go well as a crumble filling!

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