Wash waxy bloom from plums. If the plums are truly freestone, cut in half and remove the pits. Place plums in saucepan with water and sugar. Cover, and cook gently over low heat until soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve warm or cold with cream.
Beverly Pepper, The Glamour Magazine After Five Cookbook, 1952 (modified)http://macheads2.net/recipes/StewedPlums.html