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Clafoutis with Prunes & Armagnac

Servings: six.

Vanilla sugar is just what it sounds like: a vanilla-scented sugar, good for finishing desserts. It’s common in Europe but sometimes hard to find here; the clafoutis will taste just fine without it. Or you can make your own by burying a whole vanilla bean in a sealed container of sugar for a week.


  • 1 cup pitted prunes, snipped in half
  • 2 Tbs. Armagnac, Cognac, or dark rum
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla sugar (optional)

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 290
      Fat Calories (kcal): 130
      Fat (g): 15
      Saturated Fat (g): 8
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
      Cholesterol (mg): 145
      Sodium (mg): 50
      Carbohydrates (g): 34
      Fiber (g): 2
      Protein (g): 5


  • In a bowl, soak the prunes in the Armagnac for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Heat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 9-inch cake or pie pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until lightly frothy and the sugar is dissolved. Sprinkle or sift in the flour and cinnamon; whisk until smooth. Gradually add the cream and milk, whisking just until smooth. Melt 2 Tbs. of the butter and stir it into the batter. Arrange the prunes in the prepared cake pan. If there’s any unabsorbed Armagnac, sprinkle it over the prunes. Pour the batter over the fruit and dot it with small bits of the remaining 2 Tbs. butter.
  • Bake until evenly puffed and golden brown and a skewer comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with the vanilla sugar. Serve warm.


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