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Oven Dried Plums

A combination of sweet and tart plums will give a more interesting flavor.

  • Yield: Makes 6 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 1994


  • 4 pounds plums
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (about 15 sprigs)


  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Cut plums in half lengthwise and remove pits. Cut halves into 2-inch wedges. Place in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil. Toss to coat well.

  2. Arrange plums on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cut sides up, about an inch apart. Sprinkle liberally with fresh thyme. Leave to dry in oven 3 hours. Turn off oven, and allow plums to remain inside at least 2 more hours or overnight. Plums will be wrinkled but still quite juicy when done.

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