Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums

July 24, 2017

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums

Okay people, this is barely a recipe.
It’s more a suggestion of how to best celebrate the incredibly sweet plums.
Since I was a kid I loved plums. Red plums, black plums, yellow plums, and even green plums.
When ripe, plums are wonderfully sweet with a rich, complex flavor. They are a convincing argument that fruit is the best candy there is.
So sweet, so juicy, so tender.

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums

Come plum season, I normally just eat plums as they are.
In all honesty, I would have difficulty making a tart or a pie with plums and that is simply because I doubt that I could resist eating them raw — meaning that by the time I’ve chilled the dough there won’t be enough left for the filling.
However, roasting plums is completely different.
Roasting concentrates flavors, it brings out the best in pretty much all produce. Plums are no exception.

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums

This recipe (if you can even call it that) is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Cut the plums, drizzle ‘em with maple syrup and vanilla, and let the oven do the rest.
The fruit comes out soft and juicy with background notes of vanilla and maple syrup. In one word: irresistible.
You can serve them right away or store them in the fridge, and use them for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums

Simple Maple Vanilla Roasted Plums                                                                                              Print this recipe!

One quick note regarding cooking time: I like to roast my plums until they are juicy and tender but are not yet collapsing completely. Feel free to adjust cooking time to your preference.

Serves 6

12 medium-size plums
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Fresh thyme to garnish (optional)


Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a rack in the middle. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
Wash and dry the plums.
Using a sharp knife cut them in half right through to the stone.
Hold each half in your hands and twist them in the opposite directions to pull them apart.
Place plums, cut side up, on the prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl stir the maple syrup, vanilla, and salt.
Drizzle evenly over the plums.
Roast for about 15 minutes, or until the plums are tender.
Remove from the oven and leave them to cool in the baking sheet.
As they cool, every now and then spoon some of the juices over the plums.
Once cool, sprinkle with some fresh thyme if you like. Transfer plums and their juice to a shallow container, seal, and store in the fridge up to 1 week.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 107 calories, 0 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of protein.


  1. Drool city, population me. These look absolute DELICIOUS!

  2. Gorgeous! These plums look mouthwatering delicious and SO beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Mike! :)

  3. Had so many peaches so used this recipe for them. Sooo good!

  4. Hello! What are some good dishes to serve this along with?

    1. I like to serve these plums with Greek yogurt or, if I feel a bit indulgent, with a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream ;-)