Indulge on the weekend or impress at a dinner party with this rich yet simple tart.
1 x 22cm pre-baked tart case (store bought or use your favourite recipe)
200g pitted prunes
300ml pure cream
100g castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 free-range egg
3 free-range egg yolks
Preheat a baking tray in oven at 150C.
Combine Armagnac and prunes in a small saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Very gently simmer for 3 minutes, until liquid has reduced. Remove from heat, cover and stand until cooled to room temperature. Drain prunes in a strainer over a bowl.
Pour cream, sugar and vanilla into a saucepan, gently heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.
In a separate bowl, mix egg and yolks together. Pour the heated cream over the egg mix and stir then strain into a pouring jug.
Halve the prunes lengthways and lightly press in concentric circles into pre-baked tart case.
Place tart onto the hot baking tray then pour the warmed egg and cream mixture gently on top. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the custard is just set. Cool.
Using a hot, clean knife, slice into 10 or 12 portions, making sure to clean the knife between each cut. Serve.
Tip: Serve the tart with whipped cream or ice-cream. However for me, it's best by itself.