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Spiced Plum Compote

Updated February 23, 2016

During their late summer to early autumn season, cook with plums often to make simple desserts like this one.

Prepare ahead: Can be made up to 2 days before serving. Keep chilled.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 mins

Cooking Time15 min

Cooking Time - Text20

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, low-fat, peanut free, soy free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturefruity, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishcompote, fruit

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450g) ripe red plums
  • 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ cinnamon stick

Instructions

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Cut the plums in half and remove the pits. Remove the zest from the orange with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the juice.

Combine the sugar, 1¼ cups water, orange zest and juice, star anise, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Add the plums and stir gently. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8–15 minutes until the plums are tender, but still hold their shape. Discard the star anise, cinnamon stick, and orange zest. Serve, warm or chilled, in dessert cups, topped with Greek yogurt and honey, if you like.

Variation: Creamy Apricot Compote

Bring 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar, and ½ tsp ground cinnamon to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add 1lb (450g) halved and pitted ripe apricots. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10–15 minutes, until tender but still holding their shape. Stir in ¼ cup heavy cream. Top each serving with toasted sliced almonds.

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served warm with ice cream it's one of the best and easiest desserts I've ever made. I don't even like plums, I was just looking for a recipe to get rid of some my friends gave me, but I LOVED this

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