Far Breton

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I recently read A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, in which the main character ate a French dessert called a Far Breton. This character remembered the dessert years after eating it, comparing it favourably to a Plum Duff. This led me to Google the recipe, buy prunes (which were the only ingredient I didn’t already have in the pantry) and make the recipe as soon as I could.

I’ll make a Plum Duff sometime soon, to compare.

1/2 Cup prunes

1/2 Cup plain flour

1/4 Cup white sugar

pinch salt

2 eggs

1 1/1 Cups milk

1/2 Tablespoon sugar extra

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

The recipe also had a tablespoon of rum, but since I didn’t have any, I left the rum out. The smell of rum reminds me of disinfectant, but if you like rum, go for it.

Place the prunes in a small saucepan, cover with water and simmer for ten minutes. Drain them and arrange on the bottom of a greased, shallow baking dish.


Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and salt together, whisk in the beaten eggs one at a time, then mix in the rum and the milk.

Pour the mixture over the prunes, bake at 230 degrees Celsius for ten minutes, then bake for another 25 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.


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  1. Was it good?

    • In the book, Teddy raved about his Far Breton. He remembered how good it tasted in his old age, when he was thinking through his memories. For me, it was okay, but it will be a Bread and Butter Pudding that I dream about in my old age. I’ll let you know how the Plum Duff works out.

      • I think plum duff is pretty much what we call Christmas pudding over here – a wondrous dish! In my old age, I shll dream of rhubarb crumble… and if the people at the old folks’ home don’t give me it regularly, I shall throw tantrums…

      • I’ve googled Plum Duff and it is similar to the Christmas Pudding I make too. I’d rather eat Christmas Pudding than Far Breton.
        Rhubarb Crumble! I hope it is on the menu at the Book Readers Old Age Home and that you get it often.

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