Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Roasted Italian Candy Plums

When it comes to fruit eaten out of hand, I'm really picky.  Apples are my favorite, followed by cherries, berries and citrus fruits.  That's about it.  Nothing else interests me.  But when it comes to cooking and baking, it's a whole other story.  Mango, apricots, peaches, pears, pineapple are all great.  But one of my favorite baked fruits is plums.  They literally taste like candy when baked or roasted. 

The girls have been swooning over the Italian Prune Plums we've been buying recently.  Big A particularly liked that the basket from the market was labelled as "Candy plums", that certainly increased the appeal.  Then I made these for the girls, and they totally flipped.  They are so f*ing good!  I actually had to cut them off because I was worried they'd eat so many they'd be pooping their brains out.

These are also super easy to make and can be used in so many ways: in a salad, served as a side or topping to savoury dishes like chicken or pork, served with yogurt or ice cream, or with oatmeal or granola, or as an alternative to jam in a sandwich with nut butter.

Unlike my stewed spiced plum recipe, which are equally delicious, but more like a fruit compote, these are less 'saucy'.  I think they are even easier to make since you don't need to stir them on the stovetop and instead, simply pop them in the oven.

Roasted Italian Candy Plums

2 lb Italian prune plums, pitted and quartered
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
A few drops lemon stevia, or vanilla or plain, to taste (optional)

Toss everything together in a large bowl.  Spread plum slices onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes, or until soft and sticky.

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