Simple Citrus Poached Plums

Justine Drake, Plums

Makes about 2 cups. Serve with roast duck or chicken, duck pancakes or pulled pork with Asian flavours.


2 cups (500 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) fresh orange juice
1/2 cup (125ml) sugar
peel of 1 lemon
peel 1 orange
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole plums, halved and stoned


Combine water, juice, sugar, citrus peel and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.

Stir over a low heat until sugar dissolves.

Poach plums in the syrup for 20-25 minutes or until tender.

Remove plums from 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.

Recipe by Justine Drake