Avocados. Salmon. Walnut Oil. We’ve been talking about an “anti-aging diet” a lot here lately, but we’re about to reverse the signs of youth and make us look as old as we actually are with a single post on…
Yeah, yeah, we know. Prunes are for old people who are constipated. There, we said it, and we’re not going to try and glamorize prunes by calling them “dried plums” or extolling their natural sticky sweetness that’s more delicious than any commercial candy we’ve ever had. If you don’t get prunes now, nothing we say will make you get prunes later. Especially not “stewed prunes,” which we only recently pursued after hearing a friend mention them casually in a conversation (don’t ask how “stewed prunes” can be brought up casually in conversation). We searched the internet, found a gorgeous post, made our way to our beloved copy of the Joy of Cooking, then went straight to the kitchen to stew some prunes with cinnamon and lemon.
We could pop little snack-size prunes just as they are, plucked up with our fingers out of a bowl, but cooking them not only subtly changes their flavor, but makes them a little more sophisticated, requiring a small spoon or fork to eat. Something like a dessert when served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for us, breakfast atop a bowl of steel cut oats.
Wow. Stewed prunes. On oatmeal.
Simple Stewed Prunes
2 cups prunes/dried plums
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons honey or sugar
Place prunes, cinnamon stick, half lemon and honey in small saucepan. Add water to completely cover the prunes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer until prunes have plumped a little and are tender, about 10 minutes.
Remove pan from heat, and removes prunes from stewing liquid. (We’re sure you could do something useful with the utterly aromatic stewing liquid like reduce it down to a syrup and drizzle over the prunes later, but we just aren’t that resourceful.)
Serve stewed prunes warm over ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
It seems that stewed prunes will keep, covered, in refrigerator for a few days, even a couple of weeks, but we only made enough to last a day.