6 plums; sliced lengthwise
3/4 cup granulated sugar; divided
1 cinnamon stick
2 slices lemon peel
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Toss plum slices and 1/4 cup granulated sugar together. Caramelize plum slices in a preheated pan set over medium high heat for about 1 minute on each side. Set aside 8 plum slices for serving.
Add water to the pan along with remaining granulated sugar, the cinnamon stick and lemon peels. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes until the plums are soft. Set aside to cool.
Strain through cheesecloth. Discard solids.
Stir in vanilla and lemon juice. Refrigerate and serve chilled with reserved caramelized plums.
(Images: Rebekah Peppler)