Spiced Poached Plums

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These Spiced Poached Plums are a perfect, easily prepared, summer dessert.

When it’s just too hot to turn on the oven, as it has been here in Adelaide during record-breaking heat, I generally turn to desserts which do not require cooking. However, there are times when I long for a little more and it’s then that I make desserts which I can prepare on the stove top. Whilst I like to eat plums raw, when poached in this fragrant, flavoursome syrup, they definitely seem more like a real dessert.

The Spiced Poached Plums are gently poached in a syrup infused with cinnamon and star anise.

Whilst many of us occasionally use cinnamon in our desserts, we may be less familiar with the use of star anise. This is a lovely example of an Eastern spice beautifully complementing a Western dish. Whilst not commonly used, I am certain you will enjoy the flavours in this recipe; plums and spices are great friends.

Poaching the plums enhances their natural sweetness and their beautiful, vibrant colour. Although I encourage you to try this spice combination, you could, if you wish, readily adapt the recipe to your personal taste. Vanilla, cardamom, ginger, pepper, orange or nutmeg are all good partners to plums.

To make this dessert, place the sugar, a little water, balsamic vinegar, spices and plums into a saucepan.

Heat gently, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and enable the fruit to release its natural juice and form a syrup. Boil for 5-10 minutes or until the fruit is soft and tender. The timing will vary depending on the ripeness of your plums. I don’t peel the plums, their skins are not tough and I like the added fibre and nutrients the skin contains. It is also where most of the antioxidants are located.

This is such a quickly and easily made dessert. You can have these delicious, Spiced Poached Plums on the table in a half hour. I like to serve them warm with my Vanilla Ice Cream, enjoying the juxtaposition of warm and cold. However, they are infinitely versatile and are beautiful when served at breakfast with pancakes or waffles. Slightly undercook them and bake them with a rich, crumble topping or enjoy them simply, with plain Greek yoghurt, the acidic tang of the yoghurt perfectly offsetting the sweet, spiced syrup and meltingly tender plums. Or, if you prefer a sweeter option, try with my Caramelised Yoghurt Cream.

I do hope you will try these Spiced Poached Plums.  Please let me know in the comments below if you do.

Alex and Faye xx

Spiced Poached Plums

Spiced Poached Plums

You will love this beautifully fragrant and gently spiced plum dish, the star anise and cinnamon beautifully complementing the natural sweetness of the plums. It is quickly and easily prepared; you can have it on the table in 30 minutes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: delicious, dessert, easy, plums, poached fruit, simple, stone fruit, sweet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 12 just ripe plums * medium sized
  • 1 cup caster/superfine sugar *
  • 1 tbsp water 20 ml
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 20 ml
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 strips orange peel *


  • Wash the plums well and cut them in half following the natural indentation in the plum. Remove the stone.
  • Combine the plums, sugar, water, balsamic vinegar, star anise, cinnamon sticks and orange peel in a medium-size saucepan over low-medium heat.
  • Slowly bring to the boil, stirring gently, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Cover the saucepan and cook for a further 5 – 10 minutes* or until the plums are soft and just cooked. The length of cooking time will depend on the ripeness of your plums.
  • When cooked, remove the star anise, cinnamon and orange peel. Gently transfer the plums to a heatproof serving bowl to stop the plums from cooking further.
  • Serve them warm, at room temperature or chilled with a little of the poaching liquid. There are further serving suggestions in the notes section.
  • Serve the Poached Spiced Plums with our Vanilla Ice Cream or Greek yoghurt. 
  • For textural contrast, serve with toasted, slivered almonds.


*Plums come in a range of colours. My preference is for a darker skinned plum. When serving, it is more aesthetically pleasing and the vibrant colour of the skin contains more anti-oxidants. However, if only pale-skinned plums are available, these will also taste delicious.
*My preference is for caster/superfine sugar as it dissolves quicker than granulated sugar.
*I add just a little water to encourage them to release their natural juices and to stop them from catching whilst the sugar is dissolving.
*Remove the strips of orange peel using a vegetable peeler, being careful to avoid the bitter, white pith.
*My plums were quite firm and they took 15 minutes to cook so you will you need to time yours according to their ripeness. If yours are fully ripe, they may only take a few minutes.


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 19.5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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237 Comments on “Spiced Poached Plums”

  1. I would really enjoy the poached plums with vanilla ice cream too as you had yours. It would make such a perfect dessert combination! I think I’d chill it and serve it as cool and not warm too.

  2. 5 stars
    This dessert looks so appetizing. I enjoy eating plums and I haven’t had any in a long time. The recipe looks easy to follow, I would like to try it someday, hopefully next weekend. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. 5 stars
    I think this spices plums recipe is perfect for winter. For some reason, the flavors in it remind me of Christmas.

  4. 5 stars
    It looks so great, I bet it’s so delicious. So sad plums aren’t available in my area.

  5. 5 stars
    Sounds like a great combination..! So sad plums aren’t available in my area. It would’ve been fun..!

  6. 5 stars
    I have never tried to make this kind of dessert but your SPICED POACHED PLUMS dessert recipe looks really good and tasty! I will try to make this and hope they will like it.

  7. It is never too hot to turn on the oven in Ireland so I can’t even imagine how hot it must be with you! I love the sound of these plums though so will definitely be trying them out!

    1. Hi Joanne, there are days when we could cook an egg on the pavement ha ha. But this lovely dish is worth making; I do hope that you try it. 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Yay! Now I know that to do with the plums my sister is going to send me next weekend. I saved your recipe and can’t wait to make this.

  9. I love plums but never had them spices and poached so I would be interested to try this recipe. Plus I can think of the health benefits of this dish.

  10. 5 stars
    My mouth is definitely watering after reading about this dessert. I love fruit desserts, especially during the summer. I will have to give this a try! It looks and sounds delicious!

  11. Saved! This sounds so good…
    There’s something so wonderful about keeping things a little more simple and just enjoying nature’s candy!
    So excited to give this recipe a try this summer!

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  16. Oh wow! Look at that step by step pictures. You have made it really easy to follow. I can’t wait to try the recipe and taste the delicious outcome 😀

  17. 5 stars
    What a lovely treat for after Valentine’s Day dinner! And the recipe is so easy to follow – thanks for including the helpful pics! Will have to give this a try x

  18. Desserts are usually sweet. This spicy addition is an interesting twist. The way you have written it in detailed and step by step different forms is helpful for understanding easily.

  19. I only eat plums as raw as they are since I’ve never had a recip in mind. But poached plums? They sound super yummy! The vanilla ice cream would make me love this!

  20. The name of the dish itself sounds so amazing! I’m sure these taste delicious. I’ll give it a try!!

  21. I just want to try this just about now. My mouth is watering after seeing it. I cannot wait to try making this.

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  23. 5 stars
    I will definitely try that Spiced Poached Plums recipe that you shared. That looks really delectable and yummy!

  24. I have only ever eaten plums when they were right out of the fridge. This looks like it would taste so amazing.

  25. Oh wow, this looks so delicious! Plums are one of those foods that I love but for whatever reason, I don’t eat often. I’m going to try this recipe!

  26. Oh, how my boys would love this!! Peaches are the best! Thank you for the step-by-step directions & pictures! The recipe looks easy enough! I think I have a new dish to try this week!!

  27. This is cool, I am amazed by the way you write the procedure, it’s so easy to understand and it is really impressive!

  28. 5 stars
    I actually do use star anise in my cooking, especially when I make Indian food. I love how fragrant it is. This spiced plums recipe sounds so yummy!

  29. What a delicious dessert, and sounds perfect paired with vanilla ice cream! This would be fun to do if we pick fresh plums in the summer.

  30. This looks delicious! I’ll definitely save this recipe for my mom, she loves plums and I think she’ll really like this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  31. 5 stars
    Wow, this dish looks so delicious and easy to make. I love plums and will surely love this recipe now and then.

    1. Hey Willy! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Enjoy this recipe when they’re in season for you 🙂
      We are still enjoying the stone fruit over here in Australia!

  32. 5 stars
    These looks so scrumptious!!! What a great way to make dessert without turning on the oven:). Plums and cream are always a perfect flavor combo.

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