Dried fruits like apricots, prunes, and golden raisins are plumped with brandy and flavored with a vanilla bean.
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.
The stewed fruit may be rewarmed as needed in a small saucepan over low heat.