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Linzer Prunes Cookies

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Spoil Santa this Christmas with a plate of our Linzer Prune Cookies to accompany his glass of sherry. You’ll be sure to guarantee yourself a place on his “nice” list! The delicious Cookies make a really lovely gift for foodie friends, too - if you can bear to give them away that is!

Ingredients

80 g Sunsweet prunes
3 tablespoons water
280-300 g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons ginger spice
50 g brown sugar
100 g butter, softened
1 medium egg 
For the filling:
80 g quince or red currant jam
2 tablespoons water
100 g Sunsweet prunes


To Serve:
Some icing sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C and puree prunes for the cookie dough with water.
  2. Mix baking powder with flour, ginger spice and sugar. Whisk in butter cubes, egg and plum puree with a hand mixer. Use kneader of hand mixer to knit the dough until smooth. Wrap the dough in foil and place for 30 min in the refrigerator.
  3. Boil water for 2 minutes with the jam. Add the prunes and puree and mix well.
  4. Roll out the dough on floured surface, until 2-3 mm thick. Cut out 36 round cookies (approx. 6cm diameter). Bake half of the cookies for 12 minutes. Cut out little stars (2,5-3cm diameter) from center of the uncooked cookies and bake. Also bake the little stars but take them out a few minutes earlier than the other cookies.
  5. Spread prune filling sparingly but evenly on the round cookies, then place a dab of the filling in the centre and place the cookies with star cut out on it. Press gently. Sift icing sugar over cookies. 

Christmas Cake with Apples, Prunes and Walnuts

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Our Christmas Cake with Apples, Prunes and Walnuts is a lighter, more contemporary twist on heavier, more traditional versions. Plentiful fruits – both fresh and dried - and delicious nuts make for a wonderfully flavourful bake. Our Christmas Cake will keep for several days, stored in an air-tight tin but it freezes well, too. Fill your home with the scent of Christmas – and enjoy!

Ingredients

250 g butter 
250 g sugar 
3 egg size M / L 
2.5 cups milk 
300 g of wheat flour 
1 sachet baking powder brown 
1 large apple cut into small cubes
100 g Sunsweet Prunes chopped
50 g of walnut
1 large cake tin approx. 23 cm diameter /4 cm high

Instructions

  1. Stir butter and sugar until soft.
  2. Beat the eggs in one at a time. Beat each egg for at least 2 minutes.
  3. Add wheat flour and baking powder into the batter and stir together with milk.
  4. Finally, stir in the, apple, coarsely chopped prunes and walnuts.
  5. Put the dough in the greased sponge cake tin.
  6. Bake at 175 ° C for approx. 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.  Put a fork into the cake and if it comes out clean, without any mixture on it, the cake is done.  
  7. Let the cake cool completely before serving. it keeps well in a sealed container up to 5 days. 

Tip! Serve with sour cream.

Chicken filled with Prunes

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, October 27, 2016

You can never have too many chicken dish recipes in your family’s repertoire. So why not make friends with our Chicken filled with Prunes? Stylish enough to be a dinner party main and simple enough to be a mid-week meal, this recipe is super-versatile. Sage, prunes and gouda cheese add a tasty twist. And a side of your family’s favourite veggies – we suggest carrots and kohlrabi - make for a scrummy, complete meal.

Ingredients

4 chicken breast fillets (approx. 250 g)
Salt and pepper
4 stems of sage 
80 g of medium-aged gouda cheese
150 g Sunsweet prunes
Small wooden skewers
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
200 ml chicken stock 
400 g carrots
1 large kohlrabi
30 g Butter

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken breast fillets and blot them dry. Cut a slit lengthways in each chicken breast. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Place 2 sage leaves in each of the slits. Cut the gouda cheese into 4 thin pieces. Place a piece of gouda cheese and 2 prunes in each slit. Use the small wooden skewers to pin the slits closed.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil and fry the chicken breast fillets until they are brown on all sides. Pour chicken stock onto the fried meat. Cover the chicken breast fillets with a lid and braise them for approx. 18-20 minutes. In the last few minutes put the remaining prunes and the rest of the sage leaves in the stock and braise them with the other ingredients. Season the meat stock with salt and pepper.
  3. Peel, clean and rinse the carrots, and cut them into slices. Peel the kohlrabi and finely dice it. Simmer the carrots and kohlrabi in salt water for approx. 10-12 minutes. Strain the vegetables. Melt the butter in the pan and stir the vegetables in it. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut the chicken breast fillets and arrange them together with the vegetable stock, prunes and vegetables. 

Prune and Chocolate Macaroons

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, September 08, 2016

Wow your guests with these super stylish teatime treats. Piled high on your prettiest serving plate, these Prune and Chocolate Macaroons won’t last for long. They are beyond delicious so make sure that you keep a few reserve Macaroons in the kitchen, just for you … it’s the cook’s privilege, after all!

Ingredients

180g Icing sugar 
180g Ground almonds 
180g Caster sugar 
4 egg whites 
3 tblsp water 
Drop of lemon juice 
20 prunes 
100g good quality dark chocolate 
Purple food colouring

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 
  2. Mix the icing sugar, almonds and 2 of the egg whites into a paste. 
  3. In a small pan bring to the boil the caster sugar and water. 
  4. Whisk the remaining 2 egg whites on medium to high speed to a stiff peak. 
  5. Once the sugar and water mixture has boiled and become syrupy add this to the egg whites – add food colouring at this stage until you have desired colour. 
  6. Whisk on a high speed for 1-2 minutes. 
  7. Gently fold this into the paste mixture and put into a piping bag. 
  8. Line 2 large trays with greaseproof paper and pipe small circles of the mixture – try to make similar in size. 
  9. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes until cooked and remove and cool on a wire rack. 
  10. Melt the chocolate on a bain marie – meanwhile in a food processor whizz up the prunes to form a paste. 
  11. Combine the prune paste with the melted chocolate – allow to cool slightly. 
  12. Once the macaroons and the paste have cooled sandwich together 2 macaroons by piping the chocolate and prune ganache in the middle. 

Bean Salad

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, June 09, 2016

Summer-time. The living should be easy. For people with IBS Constipation, that may not be the case. Produced with IBS Network UK, our booklet, ‘Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Constipation’ has lots of dietary tips and recipes. Like our super-flexible Bean Salad recipe. Use your favourite salad leaves, as a base. Top with a can of mixed beans. And then add chopped veggies for a multi-coloured, multi-textured meal. Easy!

Ingredients

Mixed salad leaves 
Tin mixed beans, washed
Tomato, chopped
Cucumber, chopped
Avocado, peeled pitted and diced
Carrot, grated
Feta cheese if desired
Dressing: vinegars, herbs, spices
Seeds: linseed (flax), sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, chia
Optional side: Sweet potato jacket, wholegrain rice, quinoa, couscous, wholemeal bread

Instructions

  1. Make up your own salad using any variety of what is listed and other preferred options. The beans and seeds add a great deal of fibre so go carefully at first with smaller portions to get used to your own tolerance levels.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the leaves, beans, tomato, cucumber, avocado, grated carrot and feta.
  3. Add the dressing of your choice and sprinkle seeds on top.

Vernal Pea Soup with Cream Cheese Dumplings

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, March 10, 2016

An elegant starter. A light and tasty lunch. A bowlful of springtime beauty. Our delicious Vernal Pea Soup with Cream Cheese Dumplings is actually surprisingly simple to make. And with less than 300 calories in each bowl, we are certain that it'll become a firm favourite in your family's recipe repertoire, too. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 onion
1 tsp. olive oil 
400 g frozen peas
300 g vegetable stock 
200 ml kefir
80 g California prunes 
100 g cream cheese 
4 sprigs of mint 
Salt & pepper (coarse)

Instructions

  1. Finely dice onion. Heat oil in a pan and sauté onions until translucent. Add peas and sauté for 1 minute. Deglaze with vegetable stock, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Remove pan from heat and finely blend with a hand blender. Pour the soup into a metal bowl, place it in cold water and allow soup to cool.
  3. Stir kefir into the cold soup. Season with salt and pepper. Finely chop prunes and mint and mix with cream cheese. Form small dumplings using 2 wet teaspoons and serve with the soup. Garnish with mint and pepper.

Tip: serve with toasted baguette.


Peppered Lamb Fillet with Balsamic Tomatoes

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, February 25, 2016

The weather outside may still be Oh so wintry. But don't worry! Wintry nights are the perfect excuse to stay at home, get cosy with the people you love and serve up something special. With its deliciously sweet and fruity sauce, our Peppered Lamb Fillets couldn't be more perfect. Bon appetit!

Ingredients

3 tbsp. black pepper 
3 tbsp. coriander seeds
4 lamb fillets
7 tbsp. olive oil 
2 cloves of garlic 
2 sprigs of rosemary 
7 tbsp. of honey 
80 ml balsamic vinegar 
100 g cherry tomatoes, halved 
100 g California prunes, coarsely chopped 
250 g polenta semolina
½ bunch of parsley 
2 sprigs of sage 
40 g Parmesan cheese (grated) 
Salt 

Instructions

  1. Finely chop pepper and coriander. Wash lamb fillets, pat dry and season with pepper and coriander. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil with crushed garlic and rosemary. Add the lamb fillets and fry on each side for 2 minutes. Then wrap the meat with garlic and rosemary in tinfoil and bake on a baking tray in a preheated oven at 160° C for 15 minutes (convection oven 140° C).
  2. Add honey and balsamic vinegar to a pan. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, add cherry tomatoes and prunes, then remove from heat.
  3. Bring 1 litre of water to a boil together with 1 teaspoon of salt and the remaining olive oil. Stir in polenta and leave to simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat. Finely chop parsley and sage and stir into the polenta semolina. Fold in Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take lamb out of the oven, let it rest for 2 minutes and cut into slices. Serve lamb with polenta and balsamic tomatoes.

Tip: baby spinach salad works well as a side dish.


Linzer Prune Cookies

Posted by Sunsweet - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Keep things simple this Christmas and make your entertaining fuss-free so that you can focus on the important things; like having fun and spending quality time with your family and friends! Our Linzer Prune Cookies are super-festive whether you decide to serve them with mulled wine, hot chocolate or a glass of milk. And the enticing aroma of freshly-baked cookies couldn't be more welcoming for guests!

Ingredients

80 g Sunsweet prunes
3 tablespoons water
280-300 g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons ginger spice
50 g brown sugar
100 g butter, softened
1 medium egg 
For the filling:
80 g quince or red currant jam
2 tablespoons water
100 g Sunsweet prunes


To Serve:
Some icing sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C and puree prunes for the cookie dough with water.
  2. Mix baking powder with flour, ginger spice and sugar. Whisk in butter cubes, egg and plum puree with a hand mixer. Use kneader of hand mixer to knit the dough until smooth. Wrap the dough in foil and place for 30 min in the refrigerator.
  3. Boil water for 2 minutes with the jam. Add the prunes and puree and mix well.
  4. Roll out the dough on floured surface, until 2-3 mm thick. Cut out 36 round cookies (approx. 6cm diameter). Bake half of the cookies for 12 minutes. Cut out little stars (2,5-3cm diameter) from center of the uncooked cookies and bake. Also bake the little stars but take them out a few minutes earlier than the other cookies.
  5. Spread prune filling sparingly but evenly on the round cookies, then place a dab of the filling in the centre and place the cookies with star cut out on it. Press gently. Sift icing sugar over cookies. 

Prune Chutney

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, December 10, 2015

Why not get back to basics, this Christmas, and make mouth-watering edible gifts that your foodie friends and family are certain to love? Our Prune Chutney - packed full of scrummy Christmassy spices - is a festive hug in a jar. You can rope in the kids, too, and make personalised labels for the Chutney to boost the cuteness factor and make a truly unique gift.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon peanut and vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
250g SUNSWEET® prunes, chopped
1 tablespoon freshly grated root ginger
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 small bay leaf
75g soft brown sugar
100ml cider (or rice wine vinegar)
½ teaspoons ground allspice
salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over a low heat
  2. Add the onion, a little salt and pepper, and all the allspice
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, or until soft, stirring occasionally
  4. Add the prunes, ginger, garlic and bay leaf and cook gently for about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Add the sugar and vinegar and cook until the chutney is the consistency of a chunky applesauce.
  6. Season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste.

Serve warm or leave to cool. Will keep for several weeks in the fridge.

Great with savoury foods and as an accompaniment to cheese.

Light Prune Focaccia

Posted by Sunsweet - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Our Light Prune Focaccia combines the wonderfully aromatic flavours of rosemary sprigs, sea salt and cherry tomatoes with sweet, versatile and super- scrumptious prunes. Made with gluten-free flour, our Light Prune Focaccia is a great option for anybody who is avoiding gluten. But it's also a great option for anybody who simply loves fresh, home-made bread. Our Focaccia is the perfect, Italian-style accompaniment to a range of healthy soups and salads. Delicious!

Ingredients

7 g dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
40 ml olive oil
350 g gluten-free flour
3 sprigs of rosemary, 2 of them chopped
100 g California prunes
12 cherry tomatoes
Coarse sea salt

Other:
Ovenproof pan 26 cm

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 250 ml lukewarm water. Add 30 ml of olive oil. Mix flour with salt, chopped rosemary and prunes. Add the dissolved yeast and stir until smooth. Pour dough into a bowl and let rise for about 1 hour until it has doubled.
  2. Knead the dough again and form a shape that fits into the pan. Using your knuckle, make indentations in the dough, then prick with fork. Brush the pan with some of the olive oil and place the dough inside. Press cherry tomatoes into the dough. Drizzle with the remaining oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and rosemary.
  3. Place into the preheated oven at 180° C (convection oven 160° C) and bake for 35 minutes. Cut the focaccia into pieces and serve.

Tip: Focaccia goes particularly well with rocket pesto.