Plums in Port

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  • Deliciously autumnal dessert.

    The combination of warm gooey plums with a good scoop of cold ice cream is sensational. You could try using a full-bodied red wine instead of the port, as this works equally well. Increase the quantity of sugar used if your plums are particularly tart.

    Ingredients (Serves 4)

    • 150ml port
    • 75g sugar
    • Rind of 1 lemon
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 150ml water
    • 6 large plums, halved and stoned
    • 2tbsp redcurrant jelly


    1) Put the port, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and water in a wide saucepan or deep frying pan.
    2) Simmer gently until the sugar is fully dissolved.
    3) Add the plums and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender.
    4) Transfer the plums to a warm serving plate.
    5) Stir in the redcurrant jelly to the syrup in the pan, then boil rapidly to reduce and thicken. Pour over the plums.
    6) Serve warm with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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