Dried fruits like apricots, prunes, and golden raisins are plumped with brandy and flavored with a vanilla bean.
- Yield: Makes 1 cup
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1999
- 1/4 cup brandy (optional), or apple juice
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 8 pitted prunes
- 12 dried apricot halves
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
Place brandy, vanilla bean seeds and pod, prunes, apricots, and raisins in a medium saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer fruit until liquid is reduced by about three-quarters. Serve warm over hot cereal.