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Balsamic Ginger Baked Plums

 

What you’ll need:

½ cup of water

½ cup of balsamic vinegar

6 tablespoons of brown sugar, divided

½ teaspoon of ground ginger

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

6 plums, halved and pitted

Mascarpone, whipped cream, or crème fraiche for topping

1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine the water, vinegar, four tablespoons of brown sugar, ginger, vanilla, and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl.  Stir well to dissolve the sugar.  Place the plums cut side up in a shallow baking dish.  Pour the vinegar mixture over the plums and sprinkle evenly with the remaining tablespoons of brown sugar.  Bake about 25-30 minutes until the plums are tender.  Ladle the pan juices over the plums once or twice while they bake.

Remove the plums with a slotted spoon and set aside in a nonreactive bowl.  Pour the vinegar mixture into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook.  Stir frequently until the syrup is reduced and starts to thicken.  Pour the syrup over the plums and toss to coat evenly.  Serve plums with a topping of your choice.