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:
- 4 eggs
- 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).
This apricot clafoutis comes together easily and you'll love the results. Find the step-by-step cooking instructions here.
Gluten-free plum clafoutis
This personal-sized plum clafoutis are prepared with corn flour and coconut milk. A delicious treat you can enjoy with whipped cream or ice cream. Get the recipe here.
Hungry for more French desserts?
Amp up the colour and sweetness and learn how to make French macarons with this step-by-step recipe. Or stick with the fruit theme and fill your kitchen with the fragrance of roasting apple by baking a golden-brown tarte tatin. If you are more in the mood for something that slides sweet, smooth and cool over the palate, follow this crème caramel recipe. For a French treat that has the added bonus of being enshrined in French literature, try preparing Proust’s madeleines at home.