Hot plum sauce

    20 min

    The rich colour of this sauce is stunning, and with its tartness and temperature, it provides a good contrast to vanilla frozen yogurt or ice-cream, or to any plain pudding or cake. A home-made fruit sauce such as this is a good alternative to chocolate, butterscotch or other sweet sauces.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450 g (1 lb) ripe dessert plums
    • 150 ml (5 fl oz) orange juice
    • large pinch of ground cinnamon
    • large pinch of ground cloves
    • 1 tsp light soft brown sugar, or to taste
    • 1 tsp brandy (optional)
    • To serve
    • vanilla frozen yogurt or ice-cream

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Cut the plums in half and remove the stones. Put the fruit in a saucepan and add the orange juice, cinnamon and cloves. Bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes or until the fruit is very soft.
    2. Press the fruit mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Add the sugar and stir to mix, then taste the sauce and add more sugar if necessary. Add the brandy, if using.
    3. If necessary, return the sauce to a clean saucepan and reheat gently. Serve hot, poured over scoops of frozen yogurt or ice-cream.

    Some more ideas

    Canned plums can be used instead of fresh. Drain 1 can of plums in syrup, about 565 g, and sieve the fruit. Follow the recipe from step 2, omitting the sugar. * When damsons are in season, use them to make this sauce. You may need to sweeten with additional sugar as damsons are more sour than other plums. * For a hot blackberry sauce, substitute blackberries for the plums and use apple juice instead of orange juice. Blackberries will need only 5 minutes of gentle simmering. * For a very quick fruit sauce, thaw a 500 g bag of frozen summer fruit, sieve the fruit with the juice it yields, and serve hot or cold.

    Plus points

    Plums provide dietary fibre, both the insoluble type, which plays a particularly important role in preventing constipation, and soluble fibre, which helps to protect against some forms of cancer. * Plums contain little vitamin C compared to other fruit, but this is made up for here by the orange juice. * Frozen yogurt or ice-cream are good ways of adding calcium to the diet of children and teenagers, who have especially high requirements for this mineral as they grow.

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