April 22, 2014
Cook: Spiced Stewed Prunes
The cold weather is fast approaching around here. I'm secretly glad as I love dressing up in stockings, scarves, jackets and boots. I'm sure I'll regret that soon as this is our first year of footy in what I feel will be many years of weekly Saturday morning winter footy with these two crazy boys. It might be time to invest in a good umbrella and woolen socks...
Cold mornings mean porridge for me and the boys. I love the stuff and so do my boys. Thankfully it is cheap, easy and fills them up for the day ahead. We go through a few kilos of rolled oats a week. I currently use 3 cups of oats every morning but should probably up that to 4 cups.
I like to top my milky oats with stewed fruit or a chopped banana and a dollop of honey. Last week I made poached quinces which were delicious. This week it is stewed prunes. I know people think they're old fashioned and not fancy enough to mention. But I love them!
I'm currently on a mission to clean out the pantry cupboard in preparation for our renovation. This includes the drinks cupboard. Pear vodka anyone?? I found an opened bottle of dessert wine that I thought would stew up nicely with prunes and a few spices. I'm pleased to report it was a success!
1kg pitted prunes
1 cup dessert wine
1/2 cup water
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 stick of cinnamon
1/2 nutmeg grated
Throw all ingredients in a medium saucepan and gently simmer for approximately 10 minutes until prunes are plump and surrounded by a lovely syrup. Allow to cool before storing in the fridge.
Serve warm on porridge oats in the morning or with custard as a dessert.
Also, does anyone have any suggestions for how to use pear vodka? Cooking or cocktail recipes welcome!