'Plum' on Serious Eats

Rich Red Plum Jam

This is a beautiful jewel-red jam with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Putting half of the fruit through a food mill and leaving the other half in quarters makes for a rustic textured jam. An overnight maceration gives you a head-start on the jamming process. It's a great jam to pair with fresh, creamy cow's milk cheeses like ricotta. More

Puff Pastry Plum Tarts

Juicy oven-roasted plums sweetened with cinnamon sugar top buttery and flaky puff pastry in these quick and easy tarts. Using our recipe for quick and easy blitz puff pastry, they're incredibly easy to make and still deliver tons of real butter flavor. More

Toasted Vanilla Ice Cream with Roasted Plums

I meant to make caramel ice cream. I did one thing right, though, adding a split vanilla bean to the sugar before setting it on the stove. Turns out, sugary toasted vanilla bean smells a lot like toasted marshmallow. And luckily for me, toasted vanilla goes just as well with roasted plums as caramel does. More

Plum Spiced Hard Cider

The syrup is rich with flavor—it's got a bright juiciness from the plums, sweet notes from the syrup and honey, and bold spices from the cinnamon and anise. Since it's fairly complex, I paired it with hard cider which is effervescent with a tanginess that balances the syrup's sweetness. The addition of a little applejack helps to support the apple flavor and adds depth to the cocktail. More

Zero Proof: Plum Shrub Ginger Soda

Soon after my parents got married, they bought a plum tree. I'm not quite sure why, but I believe it had something to do with the new couple "planting roots" or being told to "be fruitful and multiply." Now, thirty-three years later, I have five siblings and that same tree drops forty to fifty pounds of fruit between July and September each year. When you're facing 2 to 3 pounds of plums each day, you've got to get really creative. That's where a shrub syrup comes into play. A shrub is a deliciously tart fruit syrup, usually made of sugar, fresh fruit, and vinegar. More

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