This plum compote is an easy and delicious breakfast, dessert or snack. With just five ingredients and no refined sugar, its on the table in under 30 minutes.
This plum compote is one of those wonderfully versatile recipes. Like my stewed pears this fruit compote is quick, easy and relatively healthy with no added refined sugar. Of course if you are looking for something a little less healthy you could try making my stewed plums. Still delicious but with some extra sweetness.
Plums are on those fruits that can somewhat variable. In peak season they are sweet and delicious but sometimes they can fail to ripen up properly. Like my apple and plum crumble cooking down the plums allows them to go jammy and the flavors to develop and shine. Its therefore a great recipe if for both beautiful fresh ripe plums or if you have some plums that are not at there best.
As with my peach compote this compote is fabulous warm straight from the stove with some of my vanilla or sour cream ice cream. Or make a big batch at the start of the week and serve it with some yogurt and granola for a healthy and easy breakfast. Delicious!
Plums: I used red plums in this recipe but it works just as well with any other kind of plum. This is a good recipe if you have firm plums you want to use immediately or sour cooking plums as they will sweeten and soften with cooking.
Maple syrup: some maple syrup helps add some sweetness to these plums without refined sugar and keeps them a vegan treat. You may want to add more or less syrup depending on how sweet your plums are. You could substitute with honey for a non vegan option or white sugar.
Almond essence: a dash of almond essence pairs wonderfully with this plums and adds a rich flavor. If you don't like almond you could use vanilla essence instead.
Cinnamon: some ground cinnamon goes perfectly with these plums. You could mix things up by adding some other warming spices, such as cloves, ginger or nutmeg.
Water (not pictured): a splash of water helps loosen up these plums and gets the juices flowing to allow them to cook without drying out.
How to make plum compote
Slice the plums in half, remove the stones and cut into half into quarters. Add to a medium sized pot.
Add the water, maple syrup and almond essence to a bowl and mix well. This will help make sure the flavors are distributed evenly through out your plums. Pour over the plums and sprinkle over the cinnamon.
Bring to bubbling, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer for twenty to thirty minutes or until the plums and soft almost jammy and delicious. Keep an eye on them and if they start to dry out before they are cooked an a splash more water.
How to serve
These plums are delicious warm from the stove with a scoop of my sour cream or vanilla ice cream ice cream for dessert. Or make a big batch and have them with some yogurt and granola for a healthy snack or breakfast throughout the week, delicious!
How to store
In the fridge: These plums will store well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
In the freezer: To freeze the plums wait until the plums are completely cool and transfer plums and syrup to a sealed, airtight freezer proof container. The plums will freeze for up to three months. Thaw completely before eating, either cold or re-heat on the stove top or in the microwave.
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- 6 medium (1.1lbs/ 500gms) plums
- ¼ cup (63mls) water
- 3 tablespoons (45mls) maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon almond essence
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Slice the plums in half and remove the stones. Then cut each half into quarters.
- Put the water into a bowl. Add the maple syrup and almond and mix well. This will ensure the flavors are evenly distributed through out the plums.
- Put the sliced plums into a medium to large saucepan. Pour the maple syrup mix over the plums and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Heat on a medium heat until bubbling. Reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook for twenty to thirty minutes, stirring occasionally, until the plums are cooked and the syrup has thickened.
- NB if the plums start to dry out before they are fully cooked you may need to add a splash more water.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla or sour cream ice cream, or cold with some yogurt and granola for breakfast, delicious!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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