Prunes in Armagnac

"Adapted from A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider and found at If you don't have Armagnac, any good brandy may be used. The prunes are sublime served over vanilla and coffee ice cream and as an ingredient in pear, apple, or quince tarts. Prepare at least 1 week before serving to allow the prunes to mellow. Since they last indefinitely, you can keep them on hand for instant desserts. Packed in a pretty jar, they make a welcome gift. There is a 1 week standing time."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • In a small, non-reactive saucepan, combine the water and sugar. With a thin sharp knife, split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and bean to the pan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Place the prunes in a clean dry jar and pour the syrup over them. Allow to cool completely, then stir in the Armagnac. Refrigerate for at least 1 week before serving.
  • Refrigerated, the prunes will keep indefinitely.

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  1. I didn't try this recipe yet but i know i love it, in France we say "pruneaux", "prune" is the word for the fresh fruit, and "pruneaux à l'armagnac" are so good in a clafouti cake ! miam. My grand mother makes a lot of this, and we keep the jars in the cellars for a very long time. I'm going to submit a clafouti recipe and give a link to this recipe for the filling. Ciao !


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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