French desserts can be anything from elaborate and decadent to simple, rustic, and delicious. Clafoutis fits in the latter category and it is an easy French dessert you should acquaint yourself with if you enjoy entertaining.
What is clafoutis?
A clafoutis is a French dessert originating in the countryside, more precisely the region of Limousin. It features fruit topped with a sweetened batter. This is baked and enjoyed with cream.
How does clafoutis taste?
Clafoutis has the texture of an oven-baked pancaked. It is sweet, but not terribly so, and the chunks of fresh fruit are enjoyable to the palate.
Ingredients for clafoutis
Traditionally, cherries are used in making clafoutis. However, any stonefruit will do. Peaches, plums, apricots, and even pears are good options.
You will also need:
120 grams of sugar
1 tsp baking powder
A dash of vanilla extract
80 grams flour (plus 20 grams of corn flour)
30 grams butter
250 ml milk
The fresh fruit will be cut up and placed in the bottom of a cake or pie pan. The batter ingredients will be combined and poured over the fruit. A 40 minute trip to the oven ensures it is baked to golden perfection.
How to make clafoutis: the recipes
To get you started on your clafoutis journey we are sharing two of our favourite recipes: apricot clafoutis and plum clafoutis (which happens to be a gluten-free recipe).
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