Poached Plums with Spices and Ginger

  • Yield 4 servings

Star anise, cloves and chopped ginger are cooked into a sweet syrup for poaching plums.

Jonathan Lovekin © 2010


12 large plums (more if small)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 whole star anise
6 whole cloves
3 lumps of preserved ginger in syrup
4 tablespoons syrup from the preserved ginger


  1. Stir sugar and water together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil, then add star anise, cloves, chopped ginger and ginger syrup. Add plums, reduce heat, and partially cover with a lid. Cook until plums are soft and melted, about 20 minutes.
  2. Serve warm pr cool over ice cream.
Note: Poached fruits such as these can also be served with roast pork. Add a little of the sweet cooking liquid to the pan juices of the roast, then serve the fruit on the side. Plums work well with pork and duck and with baked ham.

Reprinted with permission from Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater, copyright © 2010, 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.




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