Not only does it look rather healthy with all the protein from eggs but the small amounts of flour and sugar are doable in my friends' kitchen which is almost devoid of anything resembling an unhealthy ingredient. There are tiny bags of flour and sugar and that's all I need.
Prunes are not as popular in North America as they are in France. I mean, usually they are only served in seniors' care homes, right? I like prunes and when they are soaked in Cognac it raises them to a higher level of deliciousness. I can only hope that by the time I am ready for a seniors' care home they hire proper chefs and make a breakfast like this.
Far is an unusual name for a dish and it refers to a flan. This recipe is much like a crepe batter so this is almost a prune flan but I like the name Far Breton much better. This is also a great recipe if you are preparing breakfast on an already busy day, like American Thanksgiving or Christmas, or if you manage a B & B.
The prunes are steamed in the liquor and soaked overnight. They are better if nice and soft. The batter is made and rests in the refrigerator overnight. I just leave it in the blender jar so I can whiz it again before pouring into the pan. All that is left to do is bake. You still need to rise early because it takes about 45 minutes to properly bake.
I like using a glass pan for dishes like this. I find it gives nicer browning. However, it will hold the heat longer and bake more quickly. I set my oven timer for 40 minutes and it was perfect. Because it's a custard a test for doneness is to insert a knife and if it comes out clean, it is ready.
Additional softened butter and flour for preparing the baking dish
- about 2 cups pitted prunes
- 1/3 cup Armagnac, Cognac, brandy or dark rum
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup flour
In a small saucepan, warm the prunes with the liquor over moderate heat, stirring them a few times while cooking, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Cover, and remove from heat and let cool. The prunes can be done a day or two before using.
To make the custard, put the milk, eggs, yolks, sugar, melted butter, vanilla, salt, and flour in a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate the custard for at least four hours, or overnight.
To bake the Far Breton, preheat the oven to 400 F.
Generously butter the bottom and sides of a rectangular baking dish 10-12 inches in length. Dust with flour and tap out the excess. Arrange prunes in the bottom of the baking dish.
Pour the chilled custard over the prunes and bake until the top is gently browned, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely, then slice into bars.
Far Breton can be made up to three days before serving and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.