1 lb Italian plums, halved lengthwise
1 cup pitted small prunes
¼ cup sugar
orange peel (optional)
crème frêche (optional)
• Put the plums, prunes, and sugar in a medium-size pan. Add water to cover.
• Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let it rest. Divide into individual bowls. If desired, grate orange zest or add a dollop of crème frêche right before serving.
Japanese plum wine and a slice of walnut cake would make an excellent dessert choice.