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Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean

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Merrill's baby Clara has quite the appetite -- and it's all Merrill can do to keep up. Armed with her greenmarket bag, a wooden spoon and a minimal amount of fuss, she steps into the fray.

Today: Merrill coaxes the best out of tart summer plums.

Clara with plums

Clara's pretty mad about plums. In fact, she calls most stone fruits -- peaches, apricots, pluots, and yes, plums -- "lums." She likes to eat them whole, and she's getting good at navigating the pits. A large portion of her wardrobe is covered with "lum" stains.

A couple of weeks ago, we ended up with a box of plums that were slightly more firm (and tart) than I expected. I'm sure Clara would have been very happy with them as-is, but I decided to try roasting them to see what she thought of them that way.

More: Try using your firm-ripe plums in this salad, with avocado.

Clara with Plums

I sliced them up, tossed them with a little turbinado sugar and the seeds of half a vanilla bean, and put them under the broiler just to caramelize the sugar. Once they were cool, Clara popped them like candy.

Maybe I should call these "Lums a la Clara."

Roasted Plums from Food52

Roasted Plums with Vanilla Bean

Serves 4 to 6

8 firm-ripe plums (about 2 inches in diameter)
2 tablespoons raw (turbinado) sugar
1/2 vanilla bean
Ice cream or creme fraiche for serving (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom.

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Tags: Weeknight Cooking, Amanda & Merrill, Kids, Everyday Cooking