Poached Plums with Spices and Ginger

Jonathan Lovekin © 2010
  • Yield: 4 servings


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


Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 234
  • Fat 0.5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 2mg
  • Carbohydrate 59g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Protein 1.4g