Slowcooker : Stew with prunes and cinnamon
Happy New Year!! Sorry, I think I’m a little late but I’ve been a little bit behind on things lately anyway and the English version of Simone’s Kitchen has suffered a bit as a consequence. But I’m promising I’m gonna do better this year. It’s not as if I don’t have time at the moment.. Lol… Time in abundance, which is a weird feeling and not something I’m liking very much. It’s different when you are bound to a bed but I didn’t want to talk about that. What I did want to talk about is this delicious stew.
You see; I love my slowcooker. I think it is such a convenient machine and perfect for busy days or hey, for days when Tom doesn’t have time to cook. You throw it all in, first thing in the morning, and when you come home it is all cooked and the house smells delicious. The best thing ever.
And I have not used it enough to my liking. Yes I’ve done a few dishes but it can be so much more. So expect to find a few new slowcooker recipes in the coming months. That is one of my New Year Resolutions!
This one is delicious although a bit too sweet to my liking. It has prunes and melasse in there. I’m gonna try it without the melasse next time as I think the prunes add enough sweetness. But if you’re a fan of sweet this will be a winner. After about 8 hours the prunes had virtually dissolved in the stew. We had it with potato mash. The recipe is from the book Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson. It has a whole chapter with slowcooker recipes so perfect for my NY resolution… 🙂
- 1 kg beef stew
- 250 gr prunes
- 5 dl 2 cups beefstock
- 2,5 dl 1 cup Guinness or another dark beer
- 1 tsp seasalt flakes
- 100 gr molasse
- 1-2 drops of sunflower oil
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 bay leaves
Cut the beef into cubes and put into your slowcooker. Add the prunes and mix with your hands
Pour the stock and the beer into a measuring cup of 1 liter and add a bit of salt. Add a bit of oil into another measuring cup and put the melasse in, stir together and pour everything over the meat and prunes in the slowcooker.
Add the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves, turn on the slowcooker on low and leave to stand for 8 hours. You should be able to separate the meat easily with a fork.
Turn the slowcooker off and taste if it needs extra salt and pepper.
You can eat it straight away but the taste becomes even better after one or two days in the fridge.