Crunchy spiced plums

Crunchy spiced plums

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins - 15 mins


Serves 4

Spice up your plums with this simple pud recipe perfect with lashings of custard

Nutrition and extra info

  • without topping
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal169
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre3g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.18g


  • 2 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 2 whole star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 8 large or 12 small plums, halved



    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…

  • knob butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 4 Hob Nobs (biscuits)
  • custard or vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the sugar with 2 tbsp water in a baking dish, add the star anise, then pop in the plums, cut-side down. They should fit quite snugly. Dot with the butter. Roast for about 5 mins until the plums are starting to soften on the bottom, then turn them over. Roast for another 5 mins or until tender – this will depend on how ripe your fruit is.

  2. Roughly crush the Hobnobs, then spoon a little on top of each plum half. Return to the oven for a few mins more until the biscuit topping takes on a dark gold colour. Serve the plums and their scented, syrupy juices with custard or ice cream.

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19th Feb, 2012
This is so easy and looks beautiful on the tray when cooked. I used yellow plums as they were only £1 per punnet. The tartness of the plums contrasted well with the sweetness of the sauce (though there wasn't much left, so i may use more water next time). I used the leftover plums on my pancakes the following morning, drizzled with cream. I love it when you can re-use a recipe another way like this; would also be great on museli or granola.
26th Mar, 2011
Plums took a bit longer to cook but it was worth it. Lovely
16th Oct, 2009
Very tasty and came out very soft, although I think I kept them in the oven longer than the recipe called for. Star Anise is a really nice flavour, and the plums are perfect with thick cold custard!
20th Sep, 2009
Mmmmm........ Have made this several times - very easy and love the star anise. Now using it many other fruit dishes - apple, peaches and rhubarb have all worked well.
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21st Feb, 2009
One which fits 8 or 12 plums, halved, into it! It depends entirely on the size of your plums.
8th May, 2008
excuseme for asking, BUT WHAT SIZE BAKING DISH??????????????
17th Nov, 2007
I love this recipe, it's so easy. I don't dot it with butter, to transform this to a lower calorie dessert, and it also tastes just as good without the hobnobs.
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