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Easy and delicious Small Batch Caramelized Plum recipe! Made with just 5 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes. This luscious plum dessert is great for serving over ice cream, pancakes, or yogurt.

Bring a touch of elegance to your plate with our quick and easy caramelized plums. These plums, sautéed in butter and sugar, offer a versatile, luscious plum dessert topping that transforms ordinary meals into gourmet delights. You’ll love how effortlessly this recipe elevates your culinary game, all in under 15 minutes!

Transform your meals and desserts into luxurious treats with these rich, decadent caramelized plums. Pair them with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream, top them over fluffy pancakes or crisp waffles, or create an indulgent yogurt parfait layered with creamy yogurt, crunchy butter pecan granola, and these luscious caramelized plums.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick: Have a gourmet treat in under 15 minutes!
  • Versatile: Perfect as a topping or a stand-alone plum dessert.
  • Few Ingredients: Made with everyday kitchen staples, our recipe is a great way to use overripe plums.
  • Adjustable Sweetness: Easy to adjust based on your preference.
  • Delectable: Offers a harmonious balance of sweetness, tartness, and a touch of spice.

What Is Caramelization?

Caramelization occurs when sugar is heated, leading to a change in its color and flavor. This process turns the sugar brown. When fruits and vegetables are caramelized, their natural sugars undergo the same transformation, resulting in the browning of the produce due to the heating of these inherent sugars.

Ingredients

the ingredients for caramelized plums on a brown table including 2 plums, sugar, and butter.

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  • Butter: Adds a rich depth. For a dairy-free option, coconut oil is a great alternative.
  • Sugar: Caramelizes the plums. You can use brown sugar for a deeper flavor.
  • Water: Helps in the caramelizing process. You can substitute with orange juice for added flavor.
  • Plums: Any variety works, but ensure they’re ripe for the best result.
  • Salt: Enhances the sweet flavors. A pinch is enough.
  • Optional – Cinnamon: Gives a warming spice. Can be replaced with nutmeg or left out.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations

The beauty of this plum dessert recipe lies in its versatility. Here are some variations to try:

  • Alcohol Twist: Add a splash of brandy or rum for an adult twist.
  • Citrus Zest: Grate in some orange or lemon zest for a refreshing touch.
  • Herbs: Rosemary or thyme can add an aromatic undertone.
  • Spices: Experiment with cardamom or star anise for a unique flavor profile.

How To Make Caramelized Plums

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a small batch of caramelized plums. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Melt butter in a small skillet.
  2. Add sugar and 1 teaspoon of water. Swirl the pan to dissolve the sugar and cook until the mixture becomes the color of golden caramel.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sliced plums and cinnamon, if using. Cook for 5 minutes until the plums soften.
three photos showing how to make caramelized plums in a skillet.
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Expert Tips

  • Use a non-stick pan, if possible. Caramelizing can get sticky and a non-stick pan works best when caramelizing fruit.
  • If the plums are not sweet, feel free to add a little more sugar. If the plums are already very sweet, you might want to reduce the amount of sugar you use.
  • Stir the fruit often and cook until the fruit has reached the softness you prefer.
  • You can actually caramelize just about any stone fruit. You might like to consider using peaches or apples.

Caramelized Plums In Recipes: Unique Ideas Beyond Traditional Pairings

Beyond the classic pairing of these delightfully soft plums with pancakes or ice cream, they also shine when paired with warm biscuits or fresh cream scones. And if you’re in the mood to experiment further, here are some single serving and small batch recipe ideas that beautifully integrate plums:

a bowl of ice cream topped with caramelized plums with a sugar sauce spooned over the top.

Frequently Asked Questions

What fruits can I caramelize?

This recipe works well with peaches, nectarines, pears, and even apples.

How do I store caramelized plums?

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

How do I reheat caramelized plums?

Warm them gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I use honey instead of sugar in this caramelized plum recipe?

Yes, but it might alter the caramelization process slightly. Monitor closely.

What pan should I use to make a small batch of caramelized plums?

I use a 10-inch skillet in this recipe. For best results, use a pan of similar size.

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Small Batch Caramelized Plums

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Make our Small Batch Caramelized Plum recipe in 15 minutes! With only 5 ingredients, create a luscious plum dessert for topping ice cream, pancakes, or yogurt.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 medium plums , sliced
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions 

  • In a 10-inch non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sugar and water. Swirl the pan to dissolve the sugar. Cook until the mixture bubbles and become a golden caramel color, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the heat and add the plum slices to the pan, spreading them out in a single layer. Return the pan to the heat and top the plums with salt and cinnamon, if using. Cook, stirring occasionally until plums have softened, 3 to 5 minutes more.
  • Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator or use immediately.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use a non-stick pan, if possible. Caramelizing can get sticky and a non-stick pan works best when caramelizing fruit.
  • If the plums are not sweet, feel free to add a little more sugar. If the plums are already very sweet, you might want to reduce the amount of sugar you use.
  • Stir the fruit often and cook until the fruit has reached the softness you prefer.
  • You can actually caramelize just about any stone fruit. You might like to consider using peaches or apples.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 391mg, Potassium: 207mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 805IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Made this with some late summer plums that we still had in the kitchen this evening and added a drizzle of heavy cream to serve. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Loved this! My plums were not sweet so I added an extra tablespoon of sugar. Also added a bit of heavy cream at the end to give it that caramel creaminess, and a dash of vanilla. Can’t believe it was so easy. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Phoebe. Thank you so much for your feedback. Next time, I’ll have to add cream – that sounds like a delicious idea!