Roasted Plums with Ice Cream is a simple dessert with a sly secret --- you can use that rock hard fruit that shows up in markets way before it's actually ripe --- roasting brings out all of the lusciousness, and nobody'll be the wiser.
2lbsplumsor other stone fruit, apricots work well
juice of 1/2 lemon
1Tbspvanilla bean pasteor the seeds of a vanilla bean
Vanilla ice cream
Set oven to 425F
Halve and pit the plums. If the pits don't come out easily, use a small spoon to gouge them out. If the fruit is large, cut it into quarters. Toss with the sugar, bourbon, lemon juice, and vanilla and put it in a baking pan just large enough to allow them to form a single layer.
Roast for about 20 minutes, tossing once or twice, until they become bubbly, soft, and juicy.
Remove and let cool slightly before layering into small bowls or glasses with the ice cream.