- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 star anise pod
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- Crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, for serving
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise and bring to a boil. Simmer the spiced sugar syrup over moderate heat for 15 minutes.
- Discard the cinnamon stick and star anise. Off the heat, stir in the brandy and prunes. Let the brandied prunes stand at room temperature until they plump, at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight.
- Just before serving, rewarm the prunes. Serve in bowls over spoonfuls of crème fraîche or ice cream.
The prunes can be refrigerated in their syrup for up to 1 week.