Plums lend themselves well to spice and this easy compote recipe is great if you have a glut of plums that you need to use up from your garden.
1 stick cinnamon
2 star anise
4 heaped tablespoons muscovado sugar
Place the spices in a small pan and dry roast over a medium heat (heat up in the pan with no liquid or fat) until fragrant. Cut the plums into halves, removing the stone then add to the pan with 8 tablespoons of water and the sugar.
Bring to a boil then reduce until the plums fall apart and the sauce thickens (about 15-20 minutes). Taste the compote to see if it needs any more sugar.