Roast Goose with Apples and Prunes

Serves 6

Rub goose with lemon, inside and out. Sprinkle salt and pepper, inside and over the skin. Mix apples, prunes, bread crumbs, and cardamom. Stuff into goose and secure. Prick skin of goose all over. Place goose in tin in preheated 450°F oven 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and roast for 3 to 3½ hours, allowing 20 to 25 minutes to the pound. Frequently remove fat from pan - basting is unnecessary. Turn goose over after 1½ hours. Goose is done when pale yellow juice runs out when pricked. Keep warm. Simmer prunes in port for 15 minutes over low heat. Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat. Boil for 3 minutes (until thickened slightly). Reduce heat, add apples and poach for 10 minutes (until tender). Transfer apples to goose dish. Add cornstarch and cream to port. Over moderate heat, cook 5 minutes (until thickened & smooth). Pour over goose.