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Roasted Plums with Thyme and Brown Sugar

Roasted Plums with Thyme and Brown Sugar | Tender roasted plums in a deliciously sweet and fragrant syrup. These Roasted Plums are the perfect simple dessert. Served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream they are delicious and so beautiful.  Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious Food for Easy Entertaining #fruitdessert #easy #roastedfruit #dessert

Tender roasted plums in a deliciously sweet and fragrant syrup. These Roasted Plums with Thyme and Brown Sugar are the perfect simple dessert. Served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream they are delicious and so beautiful.

3 roasted plums on a heavily lipped white plate, garnished with a sprig of thyme and a dollop of cream.
Aren’t these roast plums beautiful!!!! The colours are so vibrant!!! Seriously the syrup really is that beautiful red colour.

The whole things was gorgeous before I even put it into the oven!!! Just check out these stunning plums before they were even baked!

Once you have sprinkled these plums with brown sugar and poured water around them, they are baked in a moderately hot oven. This gives you tender plums that still hold their shape. As they cook they release wonderful juices that combine with the water and thyme to create an amazingly flavoured bright scarlet syrup. It is vibrant and delicious!

Split picture, showing two picture of the uncooked plums halves sat on thyme sprigs in a irregular white roasting dish.

How to Roast Plums

Although it is almost just a case of cutting the plums open and putting them in the oven, I have a few little tips to make sure your roasted plums are the best they can be:

  • Try and use plums that aren’t quite ripe. This makes it easier to cut them in half and to remove the stones.
  • Keep the temperature of the oven at 400ºF (200ºC). Any hotter and the sugars start to burn before the plums are tender and any cooler and you need to cook them for longer and the fruit breaks apart and stews in the syrup.
  • When you sprinkle over the sugar try and get half over the plums and half around the edges. This allows the top of the plums to caramelize but also ensures the liquid is syrupy and sweet.
  • When pouring over the water, try to get it in and around the plums rather than over the top of them, this creates the best syrup and leaves some sugar on the plums.

White roasting dish filled with roasted plums and a bright red natural plum syrup.

What to serve with Roasted Plums

These plums are so yieldingly tender and the syrup, that forms as they cook, is sweet and floral so they are perfect for serving with nothing more than a dollop of thick cream.

They are also delicious served with vanilla ice cream.

If you want to add some texture to them then crumble over a digestive biscuit just before you serve. That mixed with the sweet syrup and the cool cream makes this taste like a deconstructed cheesecake!

p.s any leftovers are great stirred into porridge or mixed through greek yoghurt for breakfast.

Table view showing the three roasted plums on the white plate and the roasting dish, filled with roasted plums, in the background.

If you aren’t a fan of thyme then these are fabulous with fresh rosemary as well.

Or skip the herbs and add a star anise to the water.

Enjoy x


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Roasted Plums with Thyme and Brown Sugar

Tender roasted plums in a deliciously sweet and fragrant syrup. These Roasted Plums with Thyme and Brown Sugar are the perfect simple dessert. Served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream they are delicious and so beautiful.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 99 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 6 plums underripe work best
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC/400ºF.
  2. Cut each plum in half and carefully twist them apart.
  3. Use a spoon to gently remove the stone.
  4. Pull the tips from the end of the thyme and reserve for serving then place the thyme sprigs in the bottom of a roasting dish.
  5. Place the plum halves on top of the herbs cut side up.
  6. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the plums, then carefully pour the water around the plum.
  7. Roast for 15 minutes until the plums are soft and a rich syrup has collected in the bottom of the dish.
  8. To serve, spoon over a little syrup, add a spoonful of cream and a garnish of fresh thyme and the merest sprinkles of sea salt.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Plums with Thyme and Brown Sugar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 182mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 23g
Vitamin A 8.3%
Vitamin C 14.3%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Real close up showing the tender roasted plums and the caramelized brown sugar

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    • Amanda Finks
    • March 12, 2018
    Reply

    What an amazing flavor combination! Yum!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Amanda

  1. Reply

    I love simple desserts! Plus this is made with plums which are a bonus!! I’m saving this for later so I can make when plums are in season here!

    1. Reply

      Me too. A simple dessert helps to keep the stress out of entertaining 😀

    • Dannii
    • March 6, 2018
    Reply

    These plums look incredible. These would be seriously impressive at a dinner party!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Dannii, impressive but so simple to achieve 😀

  2. Reply

    Wow, this is a stunning dessert! So, so pretty! I loved the flavor of thyme with fruit.

    1. Reply

      I love using herbs in dessert, people never quite expect it and they just add so much.

  3. Reply

    What a beautiful dessert! Roasted plums sounds so delicious with thyme and brown sugar I simply have to try this soon. Can’t wait until plum season arrives!

    1. Reply

      It is such a delicious and simple dessert, I hope come plum season, you love these 😀

  4. Reply

    They sound fantastic and you know what I reckon, a wee bit of a tweak on sugar and these would sit wonderfully along side a big fat pork chop!

    1. Reply

      THEY WOULD!!!!!
      I have a plums in the fridge ready to make roasted plum ice cream….but now I am thinking pork!

  5. Reply

    Those roasted plumbs look amazing. I love that they caramelized while roasting.

    1. Reply

      The crispy caramelized bits are my favourite part!

  6. Reply

    This truly sounds amazing! what a great recipe, this is my kind of dessert, so easy to make….love this

    1. Reply

      Thank you Albert. I just love desserts that take the stress out of the end of a meal 😀

  7. Wow, these are absolutely stunning, I can’t wait for plums to come into season here, they are my favorite fruit!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sue, I love baking fruit. It is a comforting dessert but still light.
      Hope you enjoy it when plums come into season 😀

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