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
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.