4cupswater(if you want thicker spread, use 3.5 cups)
Chop prunes into 3 - 4 pieces or (see notes for other ideas). Add prunes to a medium saucepan
Add water and turn the heat to medium and once it comes to a boil, lower to a simmer for 30 minutes
Mash the prunes with a potato masher. It will still be somewhat chunky
Spread on bread or eat by the spoonful
Tips for making this spread:
Sometimes I cut each prune in quarters, sometimes in halves. Quarter pieces seem to make a softer spread; halves seem to make the spread denser. Maybe the bigger pieces absorb less water?
Once the prunes are cooked, press and blend them with a masher. I have found a potato masher works best. You could also use a pastry cutter or perhaps an immersion blender, but the prunes are gooey and could bind the blender.
(Update: I now make this spread with 4 cups of water instead of 3.5 cups because hubby enjoys it a little more loose. Play around with it, see how you like it.)