Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch springform pan, fit the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper and butter the paper. Dust the inside of the pan with flour and tap out the excess. Put the pan on a baking sheet.
Whisk together the nuts, flour, and salt.
Put the prunes and 1/4 cup of the water in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, being careful not to scorch the fruit, until the water almost evaporates. Pull the pan from the heat and pour in the cognac, stand back, and set it on fire. When the flames die out, transfer the fruit and any remaining liquid to a bowl and let cool.
Combine 7 ounce chocolate, 8 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons of water in a heatproof bowl, set it over a pan of simmering water and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are melted, or do this in a microwave oven. Remove the chocolate from the heat just as soon as it is melted and not very hot.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Switch to a rubber spatula and one by one, stir in the chocolate and butter mixture, the nut mixture, and the prune mixture.
Working a mixer (whisk attachment), beat the egg whites until they hold firm, glossy peaks. Stir one quarter of the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Turn the batter into the pan.
Bake the cake for 28 to 32 minutes, or until it is puffed and firm on top and coming slightly from the sides of the pan.
To make the glaze, melt the remaining 3 tbsp chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, or in a microwave. Remove it from the heat, and stir in the confectioner's sugar and 3 tablespoons butter, until you have a smooth glade. Glaze with it.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (162g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 302 (63%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 33.5g||45 %|
|Saturated Fat 17.2g||86 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 11.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.9g|
|Cholesterol 43.8mg||13 %|
|Sodium 4706.1mg||162 %|
|Potassium 350.3mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 43.1g||13 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.1g||16 %|
|Sugars, other 39g|
|Protein 4.7g||7 %|
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Calories per serving: 476
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