Any substitutes for plums considering its not plum season and nearly impossible to find any?
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Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.
We made the version you see in the photo, and while it was great with plums, I think it would also be good this time of year with prunes -- if you can find nice plump ones. You might need to add some liquid to the sauce, either just water or red wine.
Awesome, thanks! Also, the store here has dried prunes. How much worse are they than fresh ones if I hydrate them?
They should work fine -- let us know how it turns out!
Cathy is a food preserving expert and author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving.
Prunes - my first thought, too. How about supplementing the liquids with plum jam and omitting or reducing the sugar?
Amanda, I took your advice and used dried prunes. The sauce was not bad at all. I'm eager to make this when plums are available, but this was fine. I do though think that simmering for 45 was a bit much; came out a little dry. Thanks for the advice everyone!
Sorry I didn't think to tell you to reduce the simmering time. Definitely do that next time. Also, did you add any liquid? If not, I'd also do that. Thanks for giving it a try!
Lisanne is a trusted home cook.
I know you already tried the recipe with prunes. Here we can also get dried Santa Rosa plums-dark red and tart but fruity, and different than regular prunes. They may be available near you (you may have to add a little sweetness to the recipe though).