Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
6 servings (serving size: 2 plums and about 2 tablespoons syrup)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 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.

Step 3

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until plums are tender (skin will begin to split on some plums).

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

philcat's Review

November 09, 2011
This recipe was so easy to make, and very tasty! I didn't have all the ingredients, but had three fairly large plums hanging around in the fruit bowl that were begging to be used in this recipe. I cut the syrup quantity in half and, because I don't like rosemary, omitted it. Also no vanilla bean, so just used a splash of Penzey's vanilla. I happened to have my cinnamon-sugar shaker closer than the sugar canister, so sprinkled that on the plums prior to baking. It was all very good! I used Cuisine Perel Pomegranate Balsamic vinegar - an excellent choice for this recipe!

alli11's Review

December 02, 2010
AWESOME. I had extra plums, searched recipes on cookinglight and came up with this (love it when I already have the other ingredients). Anyway, it was amazing. The flavor combination was interesting, surprising, and absolutely delicious. It's really nice with a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt. I am serving it as the dessert at my dinner party this weekend!