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!

L x


  1. Cut a small plug into the top of a watermelon. Por in the vodka, a bit at a time. Replace the plug after each addition. When all the vodka is absorbed, scoop the flesh out and freeze it.

    Pear, watermelon + vodka slushie!

    We eat vast quantities of oats too. My kids are a little older than yours, consequently we have a series of vacuum flasks for food and drink. The food ones get used for school lunches too, with leftover risotto, soups or pasta dishes.

  2. how about rhubarb- I have it on my muesli every morning- delish! but i may try the prunes for a change

  3. Prunes and dessert wine... that sounds like a great combination. I just roasted up a batch of your chai yesterday. So good.

  4. LOVE rhubarb! I made some of that as well. Recipe coming soon. Maybe...

  5. Sounds amazing!! I will have to try it out.

  6. A match made in heaven. How's the chai?

  7. Love it! Reminds me of being in India. That combo of milky spiciness is delicious. I've been making your recipe for a while now. It's much better than any that comes from a packet.


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