Bourbon-Soaked Plums

Bourbon-Soaked Plums
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Use your favorite kind of plums, or sub nectarines or peaches, if desired. Make sure they're just firm and not too ripe.


Makes 6 servings
Total time: 25 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes


1 lemon
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 vanilla bean, split*
6 ripe plums, pitted and halved
Vanilla ice cream


1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove thin layer of peel from lemon, leaving white pith intact. Halve lemon crosswise, and squeeze juice to equal 2 Tbsp. Place lemon juice, lemon peels, brown sugar, next 2 ingredients, and 2 Tbsp. water in a large skillet, and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat; stir in bourbon and vanilla bean.

2. Return skillet to heat, and add plums, cut sides down. Cook, basting with pan sauce, 3 to 4 minutes or until plums are just tender and lightly caramelized. Remove skillet from heat; discard vanilla bean and lemon peels. Cool 5 minutes. Serve plums and pan sauce with ice cream.

*1 tsp. vanilla extract may be substituted.