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sweet and sour sugar plums

Sweet and sour sugar plums


  • 400 g sugar plums (or other type of plum), halved and pitted
  • 100 g coconut sugar
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 each star anise and cinnamon quills
  • 1 vanilla bean , split, seeds scraped (alternatively use vanilla bean paste)
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon


  • Combine sugar, vinegar, wine, water, spices, vanilla and zest in a pan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then simmer until reduced by half. Add plums; cover with a lid and cook over very low heat for about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon transfer plums to a bowl. Return pan to medium heat and simmer for 5 or so minutes until the mixture is syrupy. Add syrup to plums, cover and refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve


Adapted from Kylie Kwong