The Zuni Cafe cookbook has a recipe for prunes steeped in tea that I gave a try the other day and although the pictures I took are the worst, the prunes themselves are absolutely delicious. Prunes do not photograph well. If you try this recipe and take a picture of it to share with your friends (or us), you will see. I always wrote off prunes as old people food. I grouped them with bran muffins, and I'm regretting that a little bit right now. These turned out fantastic and I have been eating a few in the morning along with breakfast, but I am sure they could be used in countless desserts. I also tried this with dried figs and they are also mouthwateringly good.
Recipe for Prunes with Tea
2 cups of 180*F water
6 teaspoons of Foxfire Teas Golden Yunnan black tea
3 tsp of sugar
4 thin slices of lemon peel
1 pound of prunes, (I used pitted)
*I also split the recipe between 1/2lb prunes and 1/2lb figs
1. Steep tea for 8 minutes
2. Strain into a container that you can easily pour from or use 16oz teapot and remove tea basket
3. Add sugar, stir to dissolve
4. Let tea cool until it reaches 100*F (we added a few ice cubes to speed up the process)
5. Place prunes in 1 or 2 jars, packed loosely, add lemon peel to each jar and fill with steeped tea
6. Let cool completely and refrigerate
Next up Apricots with Tea!