Juicy, deliciously sweet or sour, plums are a real seasonal treat once late summer comes around.
Here in the UK, plums are typically in season from August to early October. You can tell they’re ripe by giving them a gentle squeeze – if they’re slightly soft, you’re good to go. This wonderfully versatile fruit is fantastic eaten raw, cooked in crumbles and pies, transformed into sorbets and chutneys, or even paired with duck and pork. Here’s the very best of our plum-packed recipes.
Really impressive looking but oh-so-simple, this 5-ingredient plum recipe is fantastic for using up a glut of ripe fruit.
Sometimes called a German pancake, a Dutch baby is a bit like a giant Yorkshire pudding, and works wonderfully with soft roasted plums.
Spiced plums pair beautifully with toasted almonds in this sweet pie. Lattice decoration can sometimes be a bit fiddly, but it turns a rustic fruit pie into a real showstopper centrepiece.
An oldie and a goodie, this savoury number pairs tender slow-cooked duck with sweet and sticky plums. Give it a go – you won’t regret it.
An ultra-refreshing summer pud that uses just four ingredients. It’s vibrant, straightforward, and sure to go down a treat.
Deliciously soft brioche-style bread with perfectly spiced plums, this sweet bread recipe is great as part of a brunch spread, or as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea.
Chutney is brilliant for using up ripe seasonal fruit, and this spiced plum chutney recipe does not disappoint – it makes a fantastic foodie gift, too.
Mix up the fruit depending on the season in this plum crumble recipe – blackberries, raspberries or cherries would all be delicious in place of the kiwi fruits.
Transform juicy plums into a fire-roasted sauce for the perfect accompaniment to crispy duck legs. Served with a macadamia and black quinoa salad, it’ll definitely impress.
After more seasonal treats? Check out our cheerful cherry recipes.