Sloe gin and plum crumble

Best ever plum recipes

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Juicy plums always remind us that Autumn is coming, which means it's time for crumbles, fruity bakes and pies.


Here’s our expert guide to plums, how to cook plums along with easy plum recipes. Try our ideas for plum cake for some autumnal baking (earl grey pound cake, and plum and almond sheet cake), our go for one of our fruity plum crumbles. We’ve got a recipe for plum jam as well as some great savoury dishes to try… 

Varieties of plums

Plums are a seasonal British fruit and there hundreds of varieties grown across the country. Ignore cheap imports and look for varieties such as Victoria (classic plum colour and widely grown,) Marjorie’s Seedling (blue/black late season fruit ) and Warwickshire Drooper (small, golden-yellow fruit). Plum season in Britain runs from

How to cook plums

Plums are a really versatile fruit to cook with. Use to add a tart sweetness in classic puds like plum crumbles, tarts or cakes.

For a simple plum dessert fruit can be drizzled with honey and baked in the oven until soft or alternatively you can stew plums gently on top of the stove with a little sugar and water. The cooked plums can then be kept in then fridge and served with yoghurt for breakfast or ice cream for dessert.

Plums also goes really well in savoury dishes and especially with Asian spices and rich meats like duck, lamb and pork belly. The tart flavour of the fruit cuts through the richness of the meat.


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Plum chutney

A classic spiced chutney to serve with cheese or cold cuts. The flavour gets mellower and deeper the longer it’s left, so give it at least a week before diving in.

Homemade Spiced Plum Chutney Recipe

Plum cake recipes

Plum and earl grey pound cake

This plum and earl grey pound cake makes for the perfect afternoon treat with a cup of tea (earl grey, naturally). It's an easy recipe to make but it looks really good and tastes even better.

Plum and earl grey pound cake

Sloe gin layer cake with plum filling

The best use of sloe gin. Team with plums and make a layer cake with wow factor. It's sure to impress your friends, and best of all it's an easy recipe too.

Sloe gin layer cake

Plum crumble recipes

Sloe gin and plum crumble

Our sloe gin and plum crumble is a twist on a classic and much-loved British dessert. Pair with a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream to really take advantage of the cinnamon and mixed spice notes.

Sloe gin and plum crumble

Quince and plum crumble

Serve six with this unbeatable homemade crumble featuring plums and quince. These mouth-watering crumbles are cooked slowly for nearly 4 hours. Serve it with lashings of good, vanilla-y custard.

Plum and almond crumbles

You’ll need really ripe plums for this so they give up their juices – woolly ones just won’t work, which is why it’s best to wait until they are in season.

Plum and almond crumbles

Plum pudding recipes

Marsala-baked plums with chantilly cream 

Check out our simple recipe for juicy plums with sweet marsala wine and star anise. Topped with velvety Chantilly cream, make this easy recipe for a midweek sweet treat.

Roasted Plums Recipe with Cream

Dutch baby with spiced plums

Ice cream for breakfast? Yes please! A Dutch baby is like a giant, sweet Yorkshire pudding and we've served this one with spiced plums.

Dutch baby with spiced plums

Queen of plums

This classic British dessert uses homemade plum compote and is topped with golden meringue – the perfect family pudding to follow a Sunday roast.

Queen of plums

Plum tart

This tart is an easy treat for teatime and even pudding if there’s any left. Plums stay naturally juicy and sweet when cooked, and give a lovely tang against the almonds.

plum tart

Overnight plum and almond oats

Prep your oats the night before to make this quick and easy vegan breakfast for two. It may be low calorie but it'll leave you feeling satisfied and full until lunchtime.

Overnight plum and almond oats

Savoury plum recipes

Roast duck with plums and star anise

With crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth duck served with rich plums, this recipe with star anise makes for a perfect Sunday roast.

Roast Duck with Plum Sauce Recipe

Pulled lamb with plum sriracha

Check out our pulled lamb recipe with a sweet plum-sriracha marinade. This lamb is slow cooked for six hours for the ultimate melt in the mouth meat, serve in the middle of the table for perfect sharing food.

Pulled Lamb Shoulder Recipe with Plums

Plum and sesame lamb cutlets

Rosie Birkett's plum and sesame lamb cutlets are so good we put them on our cover. The delicious, sweet, sticky glaze with a kick of spicy sriracha works so well with lamb and the spring onions add a crunch of freshness. They look fantastic, and are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw

BBQ season might be over but that doesn't stop you recreating the chargrilled taste of the charcoals in your kitchen with this seared sriracha chicken.

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw

Roast pork belly with star anise plum sauce

Pork belly is a brilliant budget cut for feeding the family. Try it roasted with Asian spices like star anise, coriander seed and ginger and served up with a sticky sauce made from fresh sweet plums, cinnamon and brown sugar.

Roast pork belly with star anise plum sauce