Spiced Plum Compote

During their late summer to early autumn season, cook with plums often to make simple desserts like this one.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Spiced Plum Compote

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    Ingredients

    1 lb (450 g) ripe red plums 1 star anise
    1 orange 1/2 cinnamon stick
    1/3 cups sugar

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total:
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    • 1

      Cut the plums in half and remove the pits. Remove the zest from the orange with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the juice.

    • 2

      Combine the sugar, 1 1/4 cups water, orange zest and juice, star anise, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

    • 3

      Add the plums and stir gently. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8–15 minutes until the plums are tender, but still hold their shape. Discard the star anise, cinnamon stick, and orange zest. Serve, warm or chilled, in dessert cups, topped with Greek yogurt and honey, if you like.

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