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Far Breton - Bretagne

Far Breton - Bretagne

Photo: "Far Breton" by Merle ja Joonas licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Article by
Emily Saurack

This article was written by our new intern, Emily Saurack. Emily is a rising High School senior with a penchant for food, French, and photography. With inspiration from her extensive collection of cookbooks, Emily has been baking for her large family holiday gatherings and for charity events benefiting The Sharing Shelf. Emily founded a baking kit company called MixItReal, where she demonstrates healthy recipes for which she sells and delivers pre-packaged ingredients. Emily recently apprenticed at Estelle Gourmet, where she assisted with teaching French cooking classes. She has DELF level B1 certification and is working toward level B2 and hopes to one day study in France where, with her camera by her side, she could explore French cuisine and culture.

Originally made as a savory buckwheat flour flan with meat dishes, the Far Breton evolved into a French custard dessert. It is similar to Clafoutis, but filled with soaked prunes. Prunes were not originally an ingredient in this dish, it was only when Bretagne fishermen began to trade fish for Agen prunes that they were incorporated. 

Prep Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 1 Tart

Ingredients:

  • 30 prunes (approximately)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk

Directions:

  • Butter and flour a deep oven-safe round dish (around 10in).
  • Place the prunes into a bowl of warm water, and soak for about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, and salt until it is pale in color.
  • Then gradually alternate between mixing in the flour and milk, ending with the milk.
  • Once the prunes have finished soaking, drain them, and align them however you would like in the dish.  
  • Pour the batter into the dish, and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Once done baking, let the tart cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Bon appetit!