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Looking for a simple yet delightfully sweet treat to enjoy for dessert? Our walnut stuffed prunes recipe has all the makings of a crowd-pleasing dessert to serve at a dinner party, while also being ideal to store in the fridge and nibble on when you’re craving a little something sweet without too much richness.

Walnut Stuffed Prunes Recipe

Common in Moldovan cuisine and Ukrainian cuisine, among other Eastern European cuisines, walnut-stuffed prunes take me straight back to childhood.

While walnuts have a fairly mild flavor, when softened and enveloped in a prune they balance the sweetness and chewiness of the prune so effortlessly.

Recipe Ingredients

To make walnut-stuffed prunes, you will need the following:

  • Pitted Prunes – 500 grams (about 17.5 oz)
  • Walnuts – 100 grams (about 3.5 oz)
  • Wine or Water – 150 ml (about 2/3 cup)
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Double Cream or Heavy Cream – 300 ml (about 1 and 1/4 cup)
  • Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar or Confectioners’ Sugar) – 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla Extract (optional) – optional to add to the whipped cream
  • Chocolate (optional) – to grate on top of the cream when serving

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – First, add the wine (or water) and the sugar to a little pot. Place the pot over medium-low heat on the stove and stir for a couple of minutes while the sugar dissolves. Transfer it to a little heat-proof container or a mug.

Walnut-stuffed prunes step-by-step instructions (wine and sugar in a small pot).

Step 2 – Then, stuff the prunes with walnuts and place them in the same little pot.

Walnut-stuffed prunes step-by-step instructions (the stuffed prunes in the pot).

Step 3 – Pour the wine-sugar mixture over the prunes.

Walnut-stuffed prunes step-by-step instructions (adding the wine-sugar combo to the pot with prunes).

Step 4 – Place a lid over the pot and put the pot on the stove over low heat and let the prunes simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 5 – After 10-15 minites, lift the lid and make sure the alcohol has evaporated and the liquid is now a syrup. If not, keep simmering the prunes until you can no longer smell the alcohol and the wine-sugar mixture (or water-sugar mixture) has turned into a syrup.

Step 6 – Once done, remove the pot from the heat and let the prunes cool. Once fully cooled, your walnut-stuffed prunes are good to serve. They look glorious served in a bowl or glass, ready for everyone to dip their hands in and try.

Walnut-stuffed prunes step-by-step instructions (adding the chilled prunes to crystal glasses).

This is a dish that dazzles with its color. The dark, plum color of the prunes against the blonde of the walnuts are truly a match made in heaven.

All the while, the syrup-coated skin of the prunes and edges of the walnuts glisten under the light, making for a mouthwatering-looking dessert.

Walnut-stuffed prunes step-by-step instructions (chilled stuffed prunes in a glass).

Serving Suggestions

The traditional recipe calls for serving them with a sour-cream-sugar mixture. However, we much prefer serving them with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Many people also like to serve them with mascarpone cream instead of sour cream.

To serve them with cream, get 300 ml of double cream (or heavy cream) and a hand mixer. Pour the cream in a large bowl and whip the cream with the hand mixer until you get soft peaks. You can add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar (icing sugar) to the cream if you would like it sweeter and a few drops of vanilla extract for enhanced flavor.

Walnut-stuffed prunes with whipped cream in a glass.

We like to serve the prunes in a tall glass and layering them with cream in multiple layers topping them with some grated chocolate. Absolutely delicious!

Walnut-stuffed prunes with whipped cream in a glass.

Walnut-Stuffed Prunes Recipe Card

Walnut-Stuffed Prunes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Nomad Paradise
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Eastern European
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • Pitted Prunes – 500 grams about 17.5 oz
  • Walnuts – 100 grams about 3.5 oz
  • Wine or Water – 150 ml about 2/3 cup
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Double Cream or Heavy Cream – 300 ml about 1 and 1/4 cup
  • Powdered Sugar Icing Sugar or Confectioners’ Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla Extract optional – optional to add to the whipped cream
  • Chocolate optional – to grate on top of the cream when serving

Instructions

  • First, add the wine (or water) and the sugar to a little pot. Place the pot over medium-low heat on the stove and stir for a couple minutes while the sugar dissolves. Transfer it to a little heat-proof container or a mug.
  • Then, stuff the prunes with walnuts and place them in the same little pot.
  • Pour the wine-sugar mixture over the prunes.
  • Place a lid over the pot and put the pot on the stove over low heat and let the prunes simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  • After 10-15 minutes, lift the lid and make sure the alcohol has evaporated and the liquid is a syrup. If not, keep simmering the prunes until you can no longer smell the alcohol and the wine-sugar mixture (or water-sugar mixture) has turned into a syrup.
  • Once done, remove the pot from the heat and let the prunes cool. Once fully cooled, your walnut-stuffed prunes are good to serve.
  • Pour the cream and the powdered sugar in a large bowl and whip the cream with the hand mixer until you get soft peaks.
  • Layer the prunes and the cream in a tall glass and (optionally) decorate with grated chocolate on top of the final layer of cream.
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