Wash, de-stone and halve the plums (leave the skin on).
Place the sugar, water, orange juice and cinnamon stick into a medium-sized pot over a medium heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
Add the plums and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the fruit is soft and begins to break down. Keep an eye on it as very ripe plums will cook faster and will get mushier. You want the plums to still be intact, but be soft and cooked through.
Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
Enjoy hot or cold. Delicious on ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, waffles etc... Get creative with the stewed plums.
Try replacing half the water for red wine for a delicious dessert.
For a festive Christmas dessert, replace half the water with mulled wine.
Swap the lemon juice for orange or clementine juice.
Try adding a thumb-sized piece of peeled root ginger, chopped.