Brûléed Italian Plums with Armagnac Custard

  • Serves

    serves 4

  • Cook

    25 minutes


Warming, caramel-scented Armagnac custard bathes fresh, barely-cooked Italian plums in this quick, simple dessert.


  • 6 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 12 cup Armagnac
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 14 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 Italian plums, halved and pits removed
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Step 1

In a small saucepan, whisk 4 tablespoons granulated sugar with the 4 egg yolks and then stir in the Armagnac and salt. Place over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until the custard is thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Step 2

In a large bowl, whisk the 2 egg whites with the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until they hold soft peaks. Scrape the whites into the custard and fold until evenly combined.

Step 3

Heat the broiler. In an 8-inch round baking dish, arrange the plums cut side up and broil until heated through and beginning to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the dish from the broiler, spoon the custard over and around the plum halves, and return to the broiler until the custard turns golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Step 4

Dust the plums and custard with confectioners’ sugar and serve hot right from the dish.

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