Prunes spoon sweet

| October 26, 2014 | 9 Replies

Spoon sweets are a Greek tradition that dates back decades, and though not every young people chooses that as dessert, this type of sweet treat does create a certain air of vintage memories around the house. Now that prunes are in season, we love them!

Prune is one fruit full of vitamins (A and C content), yet sometimes considered as ”dramatic” cause of it’s purple color. The perfect way to elevate their delicate taste is simple, as long as you follow aunt Dimitra’s recipe.

Serves: 2 large jars of plum spoon sweet

prunes spoon sweet

You need:

  • 1800g Greek prunes, room temp.prunes spoon sweet
  • 1kg sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2g vanilla powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • jars, sterilized


Wash the prunes thoroughly. Remove the stones from the fruit using a large wooden skewer or the back side of a spoon*.

In a large pot, place the prunes. Sprinkle sugar over prunes and gently stir to coat them. Turn the heat to medium-high. Add water to the pot. Use a ladle to stir vigorously.

Continue to stir, until the fruits release their juice. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to medium to maintain a simmer.

Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the syrup is set. Turn the heat off, set aside and let cool. Carefully transfer to the jars; make sure the prunes are covered with syrup. Seal with the lids.

Keep refrigerated or store in cool and dark place.

What type of prunes suit for this recipe: Ideally you should buy plump and firm prunes. Avoid soft fruits, because they will melt during the recipe’s procedure and you will end up making jam!

prunes spoon sweet

How to remove the prune’s stones (pit): * Insert a wooden skewer from the central column of the fruit (stem end) and push towards it’s tip.

prunes spoon sweetWhy should you add lemon juice? Lemon juice is a natural preservative, but simultaneously helps the syrup to set!

prunes spoon sweet

Behind the scenes: Aunt Dimitra is actually from my husband’s side aunt, but I love her, not only because of the character, but also for her ”golden” cooking/pastry skills. Once I visited their house and she treated me this preserve, I absolutely fell in love with.

It’s deep red-brown color with a pleasant characteristic odor like mature wines, as of a glamorous infusion, gave me this hearty and comfort feeling, as well as the aromas Then I got this idea and suggested her to unveil the recipe’s secrets.

Here we are now; me, aunt Dimitra together with uncle Panagiotis as assistant (removing the stones of the fruit), pulling together as a team. Happy days!

prunes spoon sweet

prunes spoon sweet

prunes spoon sweet

prunes spoon sweet


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Category: Desserts

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  1. kiveli says:

    Spoon sweets are the best if they are well made!!!

  2. This is a beautiful post! I love the story behind it

  3. Mar Lg says:

    Τα γλυκά του κουταλιού δεν προετοιμάζονται μόνο οικογενειακά (όπως βλέπετε), αλλά καταναλώνονται και οικογενειακά και φιλικά και….και….και….Πρόταση μου είναι, πάνω σε γιαούρτι.Η ΑΠΟΛΑΥΣΗ ΣΤΟ ΜΕΓΑΛΕΙΟ ΤΗΣ!!!!!!!!

    • Editor says:

      Τέλεια πρόταση, ευχαριστούμε! Αλλά μη παραλείψετε να τη δοκιμάσετε ΚΑΙ σε παγωτό…

  4. Lisa Bynum says:

    Love your pictures! I almost feel like I’m in the kitchen with you!

  5. I love being introduce to new foods via food blogs.

  6. I’ve never heard of this before, but it looks wonderful. I love this post as well. Thanks for all the info.

  7. I always forget about prunes! This looks great!

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