Stone fruits are so luscious at this time of year and I can’t get enough of them. Faced with a large bowl of ripe purple and yellow plums and lacking inspiration, I decided to simply grill them with a little brown sugar, cinnamon and a splash of Amaretto liqueur.
They only take a few minutes to cook and I recommend keeping your eye on them – my attention had wandered so the first batch I made were completely carbonized.
Cooked plums have a tangy quality that I love so I tend to hold back on the amount of sugar I use but add more if you want, or stir some into the crème fraîche.
These would also be delicious served with sour cream or some really good vanilla ice cream.
GRILLED PLUMS with BROWN SUGAR, CINNAMON & AMARETTO
8 large ripe plums of any color, halved, stones discarded
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar plus extra if needed
1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
A good splash of Amaretto
10 fl oz (300ml) of crème fraîche, sour cream or ice cream
Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and get the grill / broiler really hot. Arrange the plums snugly in a shallow heatproof dish. Sprinkle with Amaretto followed by the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
Place the plums about 6 inches from the heat and broil them until the fruit is soft and the sugar is bubbling and golden.
Here are a few more ways to serve plums: