At their peak between August and October in the UK, plums are best eaten at their most ripe and juicy. They work perfectly in jams, crumbles, sauces, dips, pies and cake batters – or simply stewed and served with thick yogurt or ice cream.
They also happen to be a delicious accompaniment to meat (duck and plum sauce, anyone?)… Talk about a versatile fruit!
We've rounded up a few of our favourite ways to enjoy them, from hearty traybakes to salads and showstopper desserts…
Roasted plum and sticky chicken drumstick traybake
For those busy weeknights, it doesn't get better than a speedy traybake – and this combination of chicken, sticky plums, red onion and thyme hits the spot, with a rich balsamic glaze adding extra sweetness. So easy, and so tasty.
asian-style pork belly with plum sauce
Chinese five-spice, honey, garlic and soy sauce make a delicious dressing that cuts through rich pork belly perfectly, alongside juicy roast plums. All you need to complete this irresistible dish is a big plate of hot jasmine rice, and some shredded spring onions. Perfection!
Plum, rocket and mozzarella salad with a tangy dressing
Combining sweet plums with peppery rocket, creamy mozzarella and crunchy pumpkin seeds, this substantial salad makes a super-delicious summer lunch or supper. Serve with plenty of crusty bread and butter to mop up all the fruity dressing!
Sloe gin-soaked plums with oat and nut crumble
Sloe gin and plums are a match made in heaven, so it's no surprise that this grown-up dessert is so delicious. It's pretty easy to prepare, too – simply bake the plums for 25 minutes before adding the crumble topping and popping them back in the oven for another blast. Serve with ice cream, yogurt or custard – take your pick!
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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