Brown Sugar Baked Plums

These brown sugar baked plums are a wonderfully easy to make dessert that tastes great. They are topped with cinnamon and brown sugar making them perfect for a huge scoop of ice cream. Whip these up for a nice light and quick dessert.

I am a huge fan of quick and easy desserts. These plums are no exception. Just slice them in half top with cinnamon and brown sugar with a little bit of butter and you are good to go. That is it! Wait about 20 minutes depending on how big your plums are, and you have a wonderful dessert that is nice and light and not overly sweet. Top it with a huge scoop of ice cream and you are good to go.

In this recipe

There isn’t a lot in this recipe as you want the plums to really shine.

Plums: choose any type of plum that you enjoy, however bigger plums will work better with this recipe.

Salt: will help balance the sugar in this dish to give it that perfect balance of flavor.

Cinnamon: a warming spice that goes well with plums, however, feel free to play with additional spices like allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg as well.

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Choosing a good plum

The first thing you want to do is check the skin, it should be smooth and blemish free. If it is wrinkly then feel free to choose another one. Like most fruit and vegetables, you want them to feel heavy for their size and want there to be some give when they are gently squeezed. They don’t continue to develop flavor once they are picked so getting them at the peak of ripeness is key. When all else fails they should smell sweet, if they don’t smell sweet or have no smell then avoid those as well.

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Removing the pit/stone

One of the best things about all stone fruits is that they have a built-in manual on how to cut them. Peaches, plums, apricots and the like will have a crease on one side of them. This lets you know how the pit is oriented in fruit. You want to cut with that crease all the way around the plum and then give it a little twist. This should let you separate the halves a bit easier. Then you can use your finger or a thin knife to remove the pit. If it is a little stubborn you can use a melon baller to cut around the pit to remove it.

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What to serve with baked plums

Since this recipe is so straight forward you have a lot of freedom with how you want to serve these for dessert. Here are some of my favorites to serve with the plums:

  • Crème fraiche
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Baked puff pastry and crème anglaise (or you can just melt vanilla ice cream)
  • Chopped nuts and crushed graham crackers and whipped cream.
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Brown Sugar Baked Plums

Halved plums baked in butter and brown sugar.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 155 kcal


  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 3 pounds plums halved and pits removed
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F, 190°C or gas mark 5.
  • In a mixing bowl blend the cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt together.
  • In the baking dish place the plum halves cut side up. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over all of the plums. Add the butter to the dish. Place in the oven for 20 minutes or until the plums become tender.
  • Serve with crème fraiche or a nice scoop of ice cream.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 279mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 763IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Plums
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