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Plums in Madeira

DessertsTove Balle-Pedersen2 Comments
Plums in Madeira served over vanilla ice cream

Plums in Madeira served over vanilla ice cream

Plums in Madeira is a classic danish dessert from the 70's and 80's, serves over ice cream or with whipped cream.

My parents made these to preserve the huge amounts of plums (Rivers' Early) they had in their yard.

This year I found some plums, at the local farmers marked, that looked and tasted like my childhood plums.

My hobby had never had these plums and thought that I had another crazy idea. But after tasting the syrup I poured over the plums, he knew we had a winner on our hands.

Now we just have to wait, and wait a month or two, before we can taste the lovely treat. 

June 8th 2014: We finally had a chance to taste the plums in Madeira, and they are to die for. The liquid is like liquid gold, and you can almost drink it from the jar. We have to make more this year !!!!

This recipe is an old classic from "Den grønne syltebog" from 1939 by "Tørsleffs Husmoder Service".


  • 1 kg plums
  • 2 dl water
  • 650 g sugar
  •  2 dl madeira
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste


Clean and pit the plums. Save the pits, crack them and put the little nut inside the plum.

Put the plums in cleaned, scalded jars. 

Cook the water and sugar until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove the the foam before adding the madeira and vanilla. 

Pour the madeira syrup over the plums.  

Stir the plums in madeira once every day for 3-4 days, the seal the jar. 

After 2-3 months the plums are sweet, soft and ready to eat.