Sunday, September 6, 2009

Le Prugne Secche Hanno Cucinato in Marsala - Dried Prunes Cooked in Marsala

The Italians believe that prunes help digestion so that is most likely why they are so popular in Italy both for breakfast and after meals.

To make this simple dish, put 3/4 pounds of dried prunes in a non-reactive saucepan. Add the juice of 1 lemon, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 cup dry Marsala wine. Let stand at room temperature for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Cook the prunes over medium heat, lowering heat as needed to keep a good simmer going as they cook. Cook for about 10 or 15 minutes, until the prunes are tender. Pour into a serving bowl and cool to room temperature before serving. These prunes taste even better the next day. Serve at room temperature. This should be enough to feed 4 people.

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