Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 60 pitted prunes (about 18 ounces)

  2. 2 1/4 cups dry red wine

  3. 1 1/2 cups tawny port

  4. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  5. 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

  6. 1 vanilla bean , split lengthwise, seeds scraped, seeds and pod reserved

  7. 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

  8. 3 cups mascarpone cheese Finely grated zest of

  9. 1 1/2 medium lemons

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Place all ingredients except the mascarpone and zest in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to medium low and keep the mixture at a gentle boil until the liquid is syrupy, about 45 minutes. (Put a spoonful of syrup on a plate and let it cool for a minute. Draw your finger through the syrup. If it immediately runs back together, it is not ready. If it holds the line you drew, it’s ready.) Let cool at least 15 minutes. Discard the cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod. Place the mascarpone and lemon zest in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Divide the cheese mixture among 10 dessert plates, spreading it into a wide well with a spoon. Place 6 prunes in the center of each well and drizzle with syrup.


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