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Stewed Fruit


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


  1. 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.

Cook's Notes

The stewed fruit may be rewarmed as needed in a small saucepan over low heat.

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