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Spiced-Prunes-in-PortSpiced Prunes in Port

Alison’s Pantry Super Sweet Prunes soaked in port will keep in a closed (unsealed) jar in the refrigerator for months, ready for serving after dinner with cheese, spooning over vanilla ice-cream, or snacking on by a deserving cook! The prunes keep softening and the liquid gets more syrupy with time.

For prunes which will be eaten with 36 hours, place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes only, then discard the water. Put the drained prunes in a clean jar, with one or more of the following: a cinnamon stick, a few cloves, some juniper berries, a couple of petals of star anise and/or a few strips of orange or lemon rind. Leave some space at the top of the jar. Fill jar to the top with port, since prunes will soak up some liquid on standing. Top with a well-fitting lid, then leave at room temperature for 12-36 hours before using refrigerating

Prepare spiced prunes for later use in the same way, but without the hot water treatment. Refrigerate, checking (tasting!) and topping up with extra port as necessary.

Variation: Replace Port with Sherry of your choice.

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