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Baked plums with lemon custard

Baked plums with lemon custard is a tasty dessert that can be served hot or cold. This recipe is ideal for using up leftover seasonal fruit like plums.
Meal Type Dessert
Cuisine Australian-Inspired
Keyword Baked plums, Vegetarian
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Veg Coast Cook


  • 500 g black plums about 6 plums, halved & stones removed * see Recipe Notes
  • 2 tsp raw sugar reserve 1 tsp for oat crumble

Oat crumble

  • 25 g butter
  • 50 g rolled oats
  • 1 tsp lemon zest grated (plus extra for garnish)

Lemon custard

  • 450 ml full cream milk
  • 2 strips of lemon peel
  • 2 large free-range egg yolks
  • 30 g cornflour
  • 40 g caster sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan. Place the plums cut side up in a large ovenproof baking dish and sprinkle over one teaspoon of sugar. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the oat crumble by melting the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add one teaspoon of sugar and one teaspoon of lemon zest. Stir until combined. Transfer to a baking tray that is lined with greaseproof paper. Spread the crumble out on the tray. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden.
  3. While the plums and crumble are in the oven, make the lemon custard by putting the milk and the two strips of lemon peel in a saucepan. Heat the milk on a medium heat until it is just about to come to the boil. Remove from heat and remove lemon peel.

    Put egg yolks, caster sugar and cornflour in a large bowl and whisk with a balloon whisk until combined. Gradually whisk the warm milk into the egg mixture. Transfer the custard to a saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon over a low heat until the mixture thickens (for about 8 minutes).

  4. To serve (hot or cold) per person: Pour some of the custard into a shallow bowl, top with three plum halves, and sprinkle over some oat crumble and garnish with grated lemon zest.

Recipe Notes

*Black plums - I use large black plums in this recipe as they are currently in season but you can use whichever type of plum that you like.

Lemon custard - makes approximately 460g of custard.