Yeah, I made prune butter as soon as the crock pot was clean and I was awake.
Here's the source: Eating Small Potatoes.
Here's what I used:
1 1/4 lb prunes (18 prunes)
Just about 3 oz sugar (approx 1/3 c)
1/4 tsp vanilla (actually about 1/3, but that measure doesn't exist, so I stuck with 1/4)
Here's the broken down ratio:
About 1/4 c sugar to 1 lb fruit, and 1/4 tsp vanilla per lb.
First, wash your prunes, halve, and pit them. Cut them into a bowl on a scale because you want to know how many prunes you used. End up counting the pits anyway.
|Prunes halved and mostly pitted. They come out of the mix pretty easily if you can't get them out of the fruit itself.|
Add however much sugar you need. If you're using this website, put in 1/4 c sugar for each pound of prunes.
|Prunes and about 3 oz sugar.|
|Prunes and sugar in the crock pot. I was very anal about taking lots of pictures.|
|The sugar has started to draw the juices out of the prunes.|
Resist this urge by going for a walk and then doing your housemate's workout DVD.
|This is the most maddening sight in the world. All I want to do is take off the lid and stir.|
This is about a third of the way done. The skins are starting to come off and disintegrate, and the flesh is getting all smooshy.
NB: the flash on my camera was being dumb and made everything look much redder in the pot than it should have been. The flesh was a light yellow for most of the time while the juices were a purply brown that was pretty hard to distinguish from the black crock pot.
|They're starting to stew in their own juices and make my pictures look funny.|
|The fruits are all the way smooshified, with just some skins floating around.|
|This is more what the prunes looked like the whole time; but don't be turned off by the brown color. They are delicious.|
Then I let it sit for a few minutes and jarred it.
|The finished plum butter, in the ubiquitous used jam jar.|
EDIT: As a side note, I've decided that I NEED a tiny crock pot when I get my own place. I want a little one about half the size of A's so I can make 1-person jams and applesauces and suchlike.