Simple citrus poached plums

Simple citrus poached plums: Delicious, fruity dessert. Image: Justine Drake

Simple citrus poached plums: Bejewel your comforting autumn desserts

Adorn your dessert table with these simple citrus poached plums and add some beautiful autumn colours with ruby-red plums.

Simple citrus poached plums

Simple citrus poached plums: Delicious, fruity dessert. Image: Justine Drake

When the leaves start changing colour and cooler air greets us in the morning it’s a sure sign of the long summer stone fruit season coming to an end. Fortunately, plums are harvested till early April. This means we can still enjoy their goodness well into autumn. TV Chef Justine Drake’s simple citrus poached plums dessert recipe brings out all the deep fruity flavours of plums. One bite of this sweet treat and your guests will be swooning around your table.

Why try our simple citrus poached plums?

Did you know that these bountiful ruby-red gems of nature are a nutritious powerhouse? They contain loads of vital nutrients and antioxidants and also have a lower GI and less sugar than many other fruits. Furthermore, if you want to enjoy this tasty stone fruit, now is the time as they are less available during the winter months.

Not only are plums delicious to eat on their own but they also add fabulous autumn colours and flavours to desserts. That is why we have this tantalising simple citrus poached plums recipe of TV Chef Justine Drake for you to try out. For the ultimate taste experience, serve them with a dollop of something rich and creamy like vanilla ice cream, yoghurt or thick cream.

When selecting plums, always look for firm, brightly coloured fruit. You still need to allow them to ripen in your fruit bowl to develop their full sweetness before you tuck in.

Simple citrus poached plums recipe

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Recipe by Dirnise Britz Course: DessertCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
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  • 2 cups 2 (500ml) water

  • 1 cup 1 (250ml) fresh orange juice

  • ½ cup ½ (125ml) sugar

  • peel of 1 lemon

  • peel 1 orange

  • 1 1 cinnamon stick

  • 6 whole 6 plums, halved and stoned


  • Combine water, juice, sugar, citrus peel and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.
  • Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Poach plums in the syrup for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  • Remove plums from the syrup and slip off their skins.
  • Boil syrup to reduce by half.
  • Serve plums with vanilla ice cream, yoghurt or thick cream and a scattering of toasted flaked almonds.


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