Wash and soak the prunes in

Wash and soak the prunes in just enough water to cover, and then put them over the fire in the water in which they were soaked, with half a cupful of cider vinegar. Cook gently half an hour, then tie two or three pieces of cinnamon and the same number of cloves in a piece of muslin, and drop into the fruit while it is cooking, and sweeten to taste. Cook until the prunes are quite tender and the juice is less than half the original quantity; serve cold.