Here’s our expert guide to plums, how to cook plums along with easy plum recipes. Try our ideas for plum cake, plum puddings and plum jam.
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.
Savoury plum recipes
With crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth duck served with rich plums, this recipe with star anise makes for a perfect Sunday roast.
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.
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.
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.
Plum cake recipes
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.
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.
Plum crumble recipes
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.
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.
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 pudding recipes
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.
This classic British dessert uses homemade plum compote and is topped with golden meringue – the perfect family pudding to follow a Sunday roast.
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.
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.