Sunday, December 6, 2009

Café Brulot

By: Jennifer McLagan

Traditionally made in a copper chaffing dish, it also works well in a frying pan. This “burnt coffee” is not burnt but flambéed with brandy, which makes a great after dinner drink.

6 pitted prunes, cut into dice
1 cinnamon stick
Zest of 1 orange cut into slivers
Zest of 1 lemon cut into slivers
6 oz Plum or regular brandy
3 tbsp sugar
16 oz hot coffee

Place the prunes, cinnamon stick and zests in a frying pan. Crush them with the back of a soup ladle to release all the flavours. Add the brandy and sugar and bring slowly to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and pressing the fruit to extract all the flavour. When the liquid comes to a boil, light it carefully with a long match and slowly pour in the hot coffee to douse the flames. Stir until well blended and strain and serve in demitasses.

Makes 6 drinks


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