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Spicy Oven-Roasted Plums

Spicy Oven-Roasted Plums

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Several years ago I was looking for a recipe to take advantage of our bumper crop of plums, and came across a recipe similar to this. After tweaking a bit, I have come up with a very versatile version that my family and friends love. Season with ground white pepper and use it as a side dish for pork or chicken. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and spoon it over vanilla bean ice cream, angel food, or pound cake for dessert! Play around with the spice combination by adding cloves, allspice, or cayenne. Be adventurous!

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 72 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 17.8g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the plums, cut-side up, in a single layer in the baking dish.
  3. Whisk together the orange juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, and cardamom in a bowl; drizzle over the plums.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until plums are hot and the sauce is bubbly.
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Delicious. I had intended to serve this dish as an accompaniment but as soon as I tasted them just out of the oven, I decided that we should have this as a dessert sauce with French vanilla ice cream. So we did. I made this as written except I didn't have cardamom so I omitted it. Also, I used six plums instead of four. Going forward, I would probably double the recipe to ensure plenty of the liquid, and I would perhaps cut the plums into quarters rather than halves if serving as a dessert sauce. If it is being served with an entree, then the plum halves would work fine.


Fast, easy, and very good -- my toddlers even licked it up! But I do think it could be even better if it had a companion flavor to complement the spicy sweet-tartness of the plums. Next time, I think I'll serve it with a sweet biscuit or with Vanilla ice cream. in the hopes that might take this recipe from very good to fabulous.


WOW! These were so wonderful and couldn't have been any easier to make. I followed the recipe exactly, and WOW! I wasn't sure about the combination of spices, so I made a test batch, but WOW...I'll be using the rest of the plums to make this for a delicious dessert to bring to my neighbors party! WOW!