Cheryl wrote in with a question about my Cherry-Lemon Joy Cookies:
sounds like a yummy combo! what is enplumbing liquid??
Thanks for writing in, Cheryl! I think I go through phases when I fall in love with a particular technique or ingredient for a while, which means I've been doing a lot of enplumpening in my recipes lately.
To put it simply, to enplumpen is to soak some dried fruit in a warm liquid--either water or something flavored, like tea--to plump up and revive the fruit. The enplumpening liquid is flavorful juice created when the dried fruit and warm liquid hang out for a while.
Here's my original entry on enplumpening:
enplumpen \in- 'pləmp, en-\ vt (2009) 1 : to make dried fruits soft and moist before baking or cooking by soaking them in liquid : RECONSTITUTE 2 : to feast to the point of developing a temporarily protruding belly : STUFF
And I've even used it in a sentence. From my Picturing Toffee Figgy Pudding Cookies post:
“Chop the dried figs and then soak them in warm water to enplumpen 'em.”
And for the second usage:
“Last Thanksgiving I had so many Cranberry Crunch Cookies that I enplumpened myself and needed to put on my eating pants.”