Sugar-Roasted Plums with Balsamic and Rosemary Syrup

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Small, sweet, dark purple plums are ideal for this dessert. Balsamic vinegar, water, and seasonings are reduced to an intense syrupy glaze that contrasts with the sugar-coated plums.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 plums and about 2 tablespoons syrup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 141
  • Calories from fat: 6%
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 34.6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.2mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Calcium: 6mg

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 12 small unpeeled plums (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 8 fresh rosemary sprigs, divided

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine water, vinegar, 4 tablespoons sugar, and peppercorns, stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to vinegar mixture. Place plums in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Pour vinegar mixture over plums. Nestle 2 rosemary sprigs around plums into vinegar mixture. Sprinkle evenly with 2 tablespoons sugar.
  3. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until plums are tender (skin will begin to split on some plums).
  4. Remove plums with a slotted spoon to a serving platter. Strain vinegar mixture into a small nonaluminum saucepan; discard solids. Bring vinegar mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup (about 5 minutes). Pour syrup evenly over plums; garnish with rosemary sprigs.
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