I seriously didn’t think prunes could taste so good until I tasted tea soaked prunes!!
I attended the Kitchen Experience at Glovers Alley a few weeks back as a birthday present from my Mam and it was just amazing. I got to sample some really creative dishes, chat food with all the chefs and learn lots of new techniques. I’m very passionate about food but also challenging myself and cooking provides a constant learning path for me.
There was four of us in total and we all got a gorgeous goodie bag to take home. It was stuffed with freshly baked bread that we helped to knead and shape earlier in the experience alongside some very tasty items from the Glovers Alley larder. A little pot with a sticker titled “Tea Soaked Prunes” were among the contents. I didn’t think much of it until I tasted them and I literally couldn’t put the jar down.
Me being me, I instantly wanted to recreate them so I got researching and came up with this recipe. If you don’t have chai-spiced tea-bags to hand use two regular tea-bags and add any of the following spices that you might have at home too – cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or black pepper.
These chai-tea soaked prunes are bursting with natural sweetness, and will add a hint of spice and goodness to your morning oats, you’re next cheese board, in a sandwich or added with some nut butter and Greek yoghurt on top of one of my oat loaf slices (take my word for it, the combination works!!).
The prunes will keep preserved for up to three weeks in a cool, dark place.
Makes 2 jam jars.
- 200g prunes
- 2 tbsp caster sugar or honey
- 2 chai-spiced tea bags
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Place all the prunes, sugar and tea-bags in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring the pan to the boil, add the vanilla, cover and return to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool. The prunes will double in size during this time.
- Strain the tea-bags, remove the prunes with a slotted spoon and divide amongst two jam jars.
- Return the saucepan with the tea infused liquid to the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the liquid to reduce to a third.
- Allow this liquid to fully cool before pouring over the prunes. Seal the jars and place in a cool, dry place.