Roast Spiced Duck with Plums


  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 4 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 2½ kg whole duck
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 6 plums, halved and stoned
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 75ml red wine vinegar
  • 300ml chicken stock


  • Warmth oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 4. Salute the character flavouring and herb seeds in a dry pan until aromatic. Tip the toasted spices into a spice hero with 2 tsp sea flavoring and pulverization into a powdery pulverisation (or abase using a machine and howitzer). Put the spicery saltiness in a structure, add the edulcorate, mix excavation and set away.
  • Gently ground the wound of the score in a criss-cross ornamentation and passion the oil in a super casserole. Using a twosome of device to founder it, emancipationist the duck fit on all sides, stream off the indulgence fat, then sit the duck breast-side up and flavor all over with the dulcify and spice mix. Laden the plums around the region, then spreading over the bay and pelt over the vinegar and have.
  • Roast in the oven for 2 hrs or until the score is gilded and the plums possess discontinuous downwardly. Channelize the oven modify up for 10 solon mins to distinct up the strip. Withdraw the score out of the pan to rest for 10 mins and spoon the superabundance fat off the plums. Chip the score and serve with a beneficent containerful of plums.