Usually arriving in the UK around the end of summer, plums are traditionally an autumn fruit. However, as is the way with much fruit now, you can usually find them in different shapes and sizes throughout most of the year. Best eaten at their most ripe, they work perfectly in jams, crumbles, sauces, dips, pies – or simply stewed and served with thick yogurt or ice cream. They are a delicious accompaniment to meat (duck and plum sauce, anyone?) or thrown into a basic cake batter.
Look out for all the different varieties when you next go to the supermarket – from classic Victoria plums to sweet, yellowish Opals and large, peachy Reeves.
With something for all the family, here's how to celebrate the deliciousness of plums, with these downright glorious recipes.
red plum clafoutis
A clafoutis is a French dessert that combines fruit with a flan-like batter. Traditionally made using black cherries, it has been adapted in this recipe to include plums instead. Dust with icing sugar (if for no other reason than because it looks pretty!) and serve with cream, thick yogurt or ice cream.
Prosecco-poached plum pavlova
Poached plums in all their syrup make the perfect topping for this cream-laden meringue. The perfect dessert if you've got dinner or lunch guests, and far simpler than you'd think.
This easy recipe for plum jam makes three jars of sweet, tart and perfectly set jam that’s great to give as a present.
Plum & Almond flan
Moist, glazed plums team beautifully with almonds in this yummy teatime cake recipe.
Spring Rolls with Plum Dip
Serve these Tex-Mex inspired beef, cheese and jalapeno spring rolls with our moreish plum dip, to put a fun twist on classic Asian party food.
Plum Oat Bars
Kids will enjoy making this crumbly, nutty treat - a great way to use up any overripe plums left in the bowl.
chicken in plums and sweet spice
Once again, proof of how darn well plums work in savoury dishes; in this recipe juicy plums are used to create a delicious, sticky marinade for skin-on chicken thighs.
queen of puddings
The Hairy Bikers' Queen of Puddings crowns custard and juicy spiced plums with gooey, crispy meringue. Sounds pretty regal to us.
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