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How do you make stewed prunes?

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To make stewed prunes, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup prunes in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, cover the prunes, and simmer for 10 minutes. Alternatively, place 1 cup each prunes and water in a microwave-safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and cut several small slits in top of the plastic. Microwave on high for two minutes, or until the prunes are soft.

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Another option is to combine 1 cup prunes with 1 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Simmer the mixture over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the prunes are soft and most of the water is gone. To make cold-stewed prunes, place the mixture in the refrigerator overnight and serve cold.

To make prunes stewed in port wine, combine 1/2 pound dried prunes, 1 thinly sliced Clementine orange, 1 whole cinnamon stick, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 cup of ruby port and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add enough water to cover the prunes, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-low heat. Cover the mixture, and allow it to simmer for 30 minutes, or until the prunes are soft. If necessary, add more water during the cooking process.

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