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Close up stewed plums with a vintage serving spoon, fresh plums, cinnamon stick and vanilla pod on the side.

Stewed plums

Author: Sarah Brooks
These spiced stewed plums are warming and delicious. With only five ingredients they are on the table in just fifteen minutes for a quick and easy dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 serves, approx.
Calories 31 kcal


  • 8 medium (750gms) fresh plums
  • ¼ cup (62mls) water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup (55gms) sugar
  • 1 large strips orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Cut the plums in half and remove the stone. You can leave the skin on the plums, it will soften as it cooks.
  • Put the water into a small bowl and add the vanilla essence. Mix well.
  • Put the plums into a small pot on the stove. Pour over the water and vanilla. Add the orange zest. Sprinkle over the Chinese five spice and cinnamon.
  • Put the lid on the pot and cook until soft. For already soft ripe plums this will take about five minutes. For hard, under ripe plums will take about ten minutes.
  • Remove from post, serve and enjoy! Fabulous on their own or with a scoop of my sour cream ice cream. Delicious!


Plums can vary a lot in their ripeness and sweetness.  I like to start with less sugar and add more if needed, so test your plums and add a little more sugar if you want.  


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.001gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

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.

Keywords: poached plums, spiced, stone fruit
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