Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stewed Prunes: It's not just for your Grandma

I went to an all-ladies night on Tuesday and our theme was old ladies. Many of my friends dressed the part. I didn't go home after work, didn't bring clothes to change into, and, if you know me, you know i don't "do" themes really. But i did bring old lady food. I made stewed prunes and cherries! My grandma made stewed prunes a few years ago and i happened to try them and love them. Prunes get such a bad rap, it's sad. Think of them as dried plums, it sounds better, doesn't it? I found a recipe online. Of course, my grandma didn't use port. I served this over ice cream (So Delicious Vanilla). It was good, but i think i liked my grandma's more actually. i'll have to ask her how she made hers. The recipe doesn't call for dried cherries, but i had read about some blogger who added it to her prunes and it sounded good. I think next time i'll cut the prunes in half before stewing. They're kind of big to eat all at once. Remember not to eat too many! They are tasty and you may overeat them. This is a dried fruit and they have a lot of fiber in them, meaning they'll make you poo.

Prunes Stewed in Port Wine
about 2-3 cups
1/2 pound dried prunes
1 clementine, sliced very thin
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup ruby port
2 tablespoons sugar (optional, to sweeten it up a bit)
Combine all the ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan. Add enough water to bring the liquid level just up over the prunes. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat for about half an hour, or until the prunes are very soft. Add more water as it simmers, if necessary.

Serve over yogurt, ice cream, pudding, etc...


allularpunk said...

i used to eat prunes a lot when i was younger! haven't had them in awhile though. thanks for the recipe!

Jessica said...

I saw this happen. Just saying.

Amabre said...

An old lady themed party...that's genius!

Cafe Cyan said...

1st of all - love the theme party. I think I'm starting to get into them, but it's taken me years!

2nd - the dessert rocks!

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