Sweet and Sour Prunes

Pruneaux à l’Aigre-Doux

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By Paula Wolfert

Published 1987

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These are absolutely luscious with terrines, pâtés, and Confit of Pig’s Tongue (see variation, Confit of calf’s Tongue).

Prepare at least 6 weeks in advance.


  • 12 ounces large prunes with pits
  • 1 cup brewed tea, preferably chamomile or orange pekoe


  1. Simmer the prunes in the tea or in water for 10 minutes. Let stand for 2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, in a nonreactive saucepan, slowly cook the sugar and vinegar, stirring until dissolved. Add the cinnamon and cloves: simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cold.
  2. Drain the prunes. Roll in paper towels to dry. Prick each 2 or 3 times with a pin. Place in