Brandied Dried Plums with Orange Zest

Brandied Dried Plums with Orange Zest
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Brandied Dried Plums with Orange Zest
California Dried Plum Board
Brandied Dried Plums with Orange Zest

Dried plums steeped in Armagnac brandy with orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves makes a perfect holiday gift. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or rich chocolate cake. Recipe courtesy of the California Dried Plum Board.

24
Servings
115
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Armagnac is an aged French brandy; other brandies may also be used. When using other brandies, increase to 3 cups; decrease tea to 1½ cups.

To brew strong tea, use 2 standard-size tea bags per 2 cups boiling water.

For the orange zest, use zester or vegetable peeler to remove the orange portion of the peel only; chop finely. Grated orange peel may be substituted for orange zest; decrease to 1 tablespoon.

Ingredients

  • 4  Cups  (about 24 ounces) pitted dried plums
  • 2 1/2  Cups  Armagnac
  • 2  Cups  strong brewed black tea
  • 3/4  Cups  sugar
  • 2  Tablespoons  finely chopped orange zest
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  ground cloves
  • Ice cream, for serving

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the dried plums and Armagnac; set aside. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, bring tea and sugar to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the dried plum mixture, orange zest, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool 20 minutes, uncovered.

Spoon into jars with lids for gift-giving. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Remove the cinnamon sticks before serving. Serve warm, spooned over vanilla ice cream, if desired. Can also be served warm in individual dessert dishes, topped with whipped cream and crumbled macaroons or gingersnap cookies. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
13g
14%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
26g
20%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
20µg
22%
Calcium, Ca
14mg
1%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
5µg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
15mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
28mg
4%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
21mg
1%
Water
28g
1%

Plum Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Plum Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.