Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums
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Autumnal Warm Spiced Plums

A quick and easy warming fruity dessert. Plums stewed in a little sugar syrup flavoured with warming spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Emma


  • 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)


  • Wash, quarter and de stone the plums.
  • In a medium sized pan, heat the water, sugar, vanilla and star anise until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the plums to the pan and bring to a light boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.