Lovely juicy ripe plums are one of my favourite fruits – it was a sad day when the plum tree in our back garden died. But the plum season is so short. Our tree used to produce a gorgeous crop of plums, but it was all over in about a fortnight, and those were usually the two weeks we were away on holiday!
Supermarkets don’t seem to have seasons though and you can of course get plums year round, although they can be quite hard and difficult to ripen, can’t they?
No matter with this recipe – a few minutes in the microwave and you have warm spicy plums to use as the basis for this plum brulee. It is really quick and the children eat them without a murmer!
You need about one plum per person – alternatively, I usually use a large punnet of plums and have warm stewed plums with ice-cream one night and this pudding on another night.
So if you’re only making this pudding, use 4 plums and don’t forget to scale down (halve) the other ingredients.
- 400g punnet of plums
- 1 heaped tablespoon of soft brown sugar
- 1 teasp ground cinnamon
- Juice of one orange
- 500g tub of Greek yoghurt with honey (I used Rachels)
Quarter and stone the plums.
Spread out in one layer in a microwave dish. Sprinkle over the sugar and cinnamon and mix.
Cover with cling-film, pierce holes in this and cook in microwave on high for 4-5 mins until plums are soft.
Place a few segments of plum in the bottom of a ramekin – don’t add too much juice. Fill the ramekin up with Greek yoghurt with honey.
For the topping, you can take the easy route and sprinkle 1 teasp of soft brown sugar evenly over the top.
OR, if you have a bit more time, sprinkle one dessertspoon of caster sugar or brown sugar evenly over the top of each ramekin. Brulee – either with a blowtorch, or place under a grill pre-heated to its highest setting, until caramelised.
I hope you enjoy them!
Tip: To halve the plums, cut down to the stone with a knife all the way round the natural dip. Then take each half in a different hand and twist your hands in opposite directions. You can then do the same with the half that still has stone attached. You’ll end up with a quarter plum with stone attached – and you can easily now cut the stone away.