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Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 4. Put all the spiced plum ingredients (including the vanilla seeds and pod) into a saucepan. Pour over 100ml water, and cover. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the plums are tender, and a knife goes through them easily. Scoop the plums out and leave to cool. Strain the remaining liquid through a sieve into a small pan. Simmer for a few minutes until syrupy, take off the heat, add the blueberries, then cool.
Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt and cinnamon and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and vanilla, and whisk vigorously until you get a thick batter. Slowly whisk in the milk, it should be the consistency of double cream. Leave to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Put the oven shelf to 2/3 high in the oven, and heat an empty skillet for 10 minutes to get really hot. Remove carefully, and add the butter and 2 tbsp oil, and swirl around the pan. Put back in the oven for 2 minutes until the butter starts to foam. Working quite quickly, remove the pan from the oven, and pour in the batter. Put back in the oven, cook for 20-25 minutes until golden and risen. Try not to open the oven before 20 minutes, or the oven will lose heat and the dutch baby might collapse.
Serve immediately, with scoops of ice cream, plums with spiced syrup and blueberries drizzled over the top.
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