An Unexpected Cookbook: Stewed Apples and Prunes

A review of Stewed Apples and Prunes from “An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery.”

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Stewed Apples and Prunes

20190105_093603What better way to start off your day than with a handful of prunes to get your bowels moving?

This morning I made Stewed Apples and Prunes for breakfast, and I kind of wish I hadn’t.  It was okay, but peanut butter and jam would have been better.

First, the wine and spices are thrown into a pot and brought to a boil.  The instructions say to quarter the apples while you’re waiting for the pot to boil, but it takes approx. 20 seconds for it to boil so I just kept it off until the apples were ready to go.

Once the liquid boils, the apples are added (facedown) followed by the prunes, and then they just sit there cooking until apples are completely tender!  The apples I had sitting on top didn’t tenderize like the ones below, so I recommend pushing them down into the liquid once there’s about 5-10 minutes left on the timer.

The recipe recommends serving over oatmeal, toast, or with pork or chicken.  I chose toast.  I chose poorly.

Taste: 7/10

It was okay, but I would definitely never make it again.  It was sweet, but kind of bland overall.  It might be better on meat than toast.

20190105_093726Difficulty: Easy

All you need to do is combine and chop things.  Nothing too complicated here.

Cost: Average

You’ll need to purchase a bottle of sweet wine (or an already-opened bottle will work if there’s enough wine left), some apples, and some prunes.  You might need to buy whole cloves and/or a cinnamon stick as well.

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