Stewed prunes in Port syrup

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8
Stewed prunes in Port syrup
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Combine the sugar, water and vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Boil 5 minutes. (The syrup can be made 1 week ahead and refrigerated. Remove the vanilla bean before using.)


Put the syrup, prunes, Port, red wine and zest in a nonaluminum saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer; cook, uncovered, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.


Cover airtight; refrigerate for at least 2 days or up to 2 weeks. Serve chilled.