These sweet oven roasted plums with whipped greek yogurt are a delicious, easy, and light dessert. Ripe plums covered in a brown sugar spice mixture roasted to tender perfection and served with whipped greek yogurt and roasted walnuts.
Just a few ingredients and you'll have a delicious and seriously impressive easy fruit dessert.
- Plums: The star of the show. Really any plum will work great but red and black are the most commonly found.
- Light brown sugar: Brown sugar is the base of the mixture that gets sprinkled on the plums.
- Substitution: Dark brown sugar works as well.
- Cardamom: One of my favorite spices - earthy and warm, but also citrusy and fresh.
- Substitution: other spices that go well with plums are cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Orange zest: Adding this into the mixture with the brown sugar and cardamom really brightens up the dish and plays nicely with the citrusy cardamom.
- Greek yogurt: Full fat greek yogurt is best because it'll be the creamiest and silkiest. The slight tartness from greek yogurt balances the sweetness of the baked plums nicely.
- Substitutions: Low fat could work but is not ideal. Skyr Icelandic yogurt would also be great.
- Heavy cream: A bit of cream mixed with the yogurt helps it whip up nice and creamy.
- Walnuts: Topping with roasted walnuts brings the perfect crunch and texture to this otherwise silky dish. You can make them homemade or buy from the store already roasted. Salted is preferred!
- Substitution: pecans or almonds would also be great.
- Honey: A drizzle of honey over the dish is the perfect finishing touch.
- Substitution: A light drizzle of pure maple syrup would also work.
Step by step instructions
When plums are roasted their flavor intensifies and they get nice and tender, and then served on top of whipped greek yogurt this is a lighter fruit-based dessert, so it's sure to be a favorite.
Prep: Halve the plums and remove the pit. Roast the walnuts if they are not already.
- Place halved plums in a baking dish
- Sprinkle with brown sugar, cardamom, orange zest, and salt
- Roast 400℉ for 30 minutes
- Whip greek yogurt with heavy cream
- Serve over whipped yogurt with a drizzle of honey and roasted walnuts
1. Make brown sugar mixture. In a small bowl combine the light brown sugar, orange zest, cardamom, and salt. Using your fingers, mix it together and slightly rub between your fingers as you do so. This will infuse the sugar with the flavors of the zest so it's evenly distributed.
2. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over plums. Place the plum halves in a buttered or non-stick baking dish cut side up. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly on the halves and bake at 400℉ for 30 minutes until the edges start to crinkle and they release their juices.
3. Make the whipped yogurt. In a bowl combine the greek yogurt and heavy cream. Whisk together until airy and loose peaks form.
4. Assemble. Spread some whipped yogurt on the bottom of a bowl or plate. Top with plums, a drizzle of honey, and roasted walnuts. Serve immediately.
Tips and tricks
- Use ripe plums, it'll be easier to get the pit out.
- You know a plum is ripe when you gently squeeze and it has a little give, similar to an avocado
- If your plums are rolling all over the place in your baking dish, cut a little slice off their bottoms so they sit flat.
- Use a baking dish just big enough to fit the plums - this will also help ensure they aren't rolling all around.
- Really massage the orange zest into the brown sugar - it may seem not necessary, but really brings to life the flavor.
- Just whip the yogurt until you get soft peaks - you're not looking for stiff whipped cream consistency, just a bit of air in there to lighten it up.
- Roast the plums on the grill if you want to be outside (or just not turn the oven on)! Place the plums on a grill-safe pan (such as a seasoned cast iron), follow the rest of the steps, and to "bake" simply close the lid. Keep an eye on them but it should be roughly the same amount of time as baking.
- To roast your own walnuts, spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 400℉ (can be with the plums) for 5-8 minutes. Be careful as they can burn quickly and when they do they become bitter. I usually roast them whole and then chop after, so if they're already chopped roast for closer to 5 minutes.
Honestly, they are best eaten fresh or at room temperature. I wouldn't recommend saving these in the fridge or freezer as they will get a bit soggy and not reheat well. If you're okay with that, then let them come to room temp and store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
When I was researching this there were actually many articles with varying answers - so ultimately there are a lot of types of plums and they are all delicious. They seem to boil down into just over a dozen more common types. Read more about it here. One of my personal favorites are the pluot - a cross between a plum and. apricot. They are beautifully speckled on the outside and deliciously sweet on the inside.
What to serve with roasted plums
While I love serving these tender baked plums with the whipped greek yogurt, you can also serve them with some vanilla ice cream, cinnamon ice cream, or just simply on their own. You could also make a shortcake situation out of biscuits with these easy 3 ingredient drop biscuits.
For another simple plum-forward treat, try these plum and orange tarts.
Roasted Plums with Whipped Greek Yogurt
- 4 ripe plums
- 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup full fat greek yogurt
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ cup roasted walnuts chopped
- Preheat your oven to 400℉.
- Slice the plums in half and remove the pit.
- In a small bowl combine the light brown sugar, orange zest, cardamom, and salt. Using your fingers, mix it together and slightly rub between your fingers as you do so. This will infuse the sugar with the flavors of the zest so it's evenly distributed.
- Place the plums in a buttered or non-stick baking dish cut side up. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly on the halves and bake at 400℉ for 30 minutes until the edges start to crinkle and they release their juices.
- In a bowl combine the greek yogurt and heavy cream. Whisk together until airy and loose peaks form.
- Spread some whipped yogurt on the bottom of a bowl or plate. Top with plums, a drizzle of honey, and roasted walnuts. Serve immediately.