Prunes poached in red wine

  • Time cooking time: 10-15 minutes
  • Yield Serves 6 to 8


    1/2 pound pitted prunes
    Boiling water to cover
    2 cups red wine, not too tannic (something light and fruity like a Beaujolais or a pinot noir)
    1/4 cup mild honey, such as clover
    1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
    1 cinnamon stick
    2 strips orange or lemon zest


    1.Place prunes in a bowl and pour on boiling water to cover. Let sit for 5 minutes, and drain.
    2.Combine wine and honey in a medium saucepan. Using the tip of a paring knife, scrape seeds from the vanilla bean halves into wine and add pods. Add cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
    3.Add prunes to simmering wine and bring back to a simmer. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add orange or lemon zest. Cover and let sit for at least 2 hours before serving.
    Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
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