stewed prunes with citrus + a walnut flavoured semifreddo

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For those times when you need a dessert, but might not have the time or nerves to make something from scratch.

walnut flavoured semifreddo

1 l vanilla ice cream
250g whipped cream
3-5 tablespoons walnut liquor (here’s David Lebovitz’s homemade version)

Buy vanilla ice cream in a shop. Yes, that’s your main ingredient! I used I goat milk ice cream. Other vanilla ice creams will do as well.  Mixed with whipped cream and walnut liquor it will go back to the freezer until it’s solid again. Using proper ice cream as your base will prevent you ending up with a brick. 

 stewed prunes with citrus
(recipe by Molly Wizenberg, A Homemade Life)

1 small organic orange or 1/2 small organic orange and 1/2 organic lemon
500g best quality pitted prunes
1 cinnamon stick

Cut the cinnamon in half from stem to tip, and then slice it very thinly, peel and all. Put the orange slices in a medium saucepan with the prunes and the cinnamon stick, and add water just to cover. Place over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, adjusting the heat as needed so the liquid barely trembles, for 30-45 minutes until the prunes are tender, the orange slices are soft and glassy, and the liquid is slightly syrupy.Remove the cinnamon stick, cool slightly and serve.

Stewed prunes improve with rest, so it’s a good idea to make them in advance. You can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.

 

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