Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Dessert ~ Clafoutis

Just arrived from France ~ spring has sprung! A friend of ours lives a few hours from Paris where she runs and operates a beautiful countryside B&B. Her home rests between fields of mustard, which were in full bloom, and wheat . For miles and miles all you could see were oceans of yellow and green~it was gorgeous! She prepared a grand lunch for us. We actually sat in the foyer with the intention of receiving the best part of the sun for that time of day. It was perfect in every way. For dessert we were served the traditional Clafoutis (Cla-foo-tea). Warm from the oven, there could not have been a better dessert.
I don't know if there is a standard
recipe for Clafoutis, I have tested many.
This recipe was heavy on the fruit side and very shy on the flour side. I tried to remember the ingredients my friend used~ no pen at the table , but easy to remember.

1 3/4 cups of mixed fruits.
1 cup of flour.
3 eggs.
2 cups of milk.
1/2 t.vanilla.
1/4 t. salt.
1/2 cup of sugar.
1 T. butter.

Butter and lightly flour a 9 inch pan or tart pan. Place the fruits in the pan. In bowl, combine the flour, salt and sugar. Slowly pour in the milk. Whisk until blended and smooth. Add the eggs, one by one, whisking after each one. Add the vanilla. Pour the batter over the fruit. Dot with the butter and cook in oven at 400 degrees and bake until puffed , about 20-25 minutes. That's all I remember~ and I think it's right.