Plum sauce fig shake

The perfect early autumn dessert! Plum sauce fig shake, made with homemade sweet plum sauce and lots of vanilla ice cream, figs and homemade vanilla whipped cream! |

Where Summer and Autumn meet, in shake form.



Plum sauce

  • 670g (1 1/2 pounds) plums, pitted and sliced (21 plums of various sizes)
  • 30ml (2 TBSPs) fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 120g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) water
  • 2 TBSPs cornstarch


  • 240ml (1 cup) milk
  • 5 figs, quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 500ml (1 pint) vanilla ice cream
  • 240ml (1 cup) whipping cream
  • 2 TBSPs powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  1. First make the plum sauce:
    In a non reactive saucepan, combine the plums, lemon juice, 1/2 sugar, cinnamon, vanilla paste and water. Stir and cook over medium-high heat, until the sauce comes to a light boil. Keep simmering for 10-15 minutes until the plums start falling apart and the sauce turn a deep red color.
  2. Remove from heat and strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a large pitcher or bowl.
  3. Return strained sauce back to the saucepan and add the other half of sugar (taste the sauce first and leave some sugar out, if you find it sweet enough). Whisk in the cornstarch and cook sauce over medium-high heat for a few minutes, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens and starts clinging to the whisk.
  4. Remove from heat and strain sauce again into a small bowl. Let cool completely.
  5. As it cools, make the whipped cream:
    In the bowl of your mixer, combine the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean paste. Whisk on low speed until soft peaks form (this only takes a few minutes). Transfer whipped cream to a bowl, cover and store in the fridge as you make the shakes.
  6. Make the shakes:
    In your blender, combine milk with figs and cinnamon. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth. Add ice cream and keep blending until incorporated and smooth.
  7. Take two glasses and spread a few tablespoons of sauce all around the inside of each glass. Add a few more teaspoons to the bottom. Divide milkshake between the glasses. Top with whipped cream and more plum sauce. Decorate with a fig slice, if you want. Add a straw and serve.


You can discard the leftover plum pulp or you can add that to any crisp you’re baking, to a smoothie, to yogurt, porridge, etc. Even to the milkshake, if you want. Leftover fruit will last a day in the fridge, as long as it’s stored in an airtight container.