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Friday, July 27, 2012

Summer Fruit Clafouti...

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It can't be summer without some summer fresh fruit desserts, can it? This is the newest favourite at our house...a summer fruit clafouti. What's a clafouti, you say? To put simply, it's a name for a simple French country dessert and is made with a quick batter poured over fresh fruit and then baked in the oven. Plus, I love saying 'Clafouti' in my best mock French accent!

The great thing about this dessert is that you can use almost any fruit you have on hand, or a mixture, which is what I used for today's clafouti...plums, apricots and blueberries. These fruits were going soft in my fridge and needed to be used. But you could use plums, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries,etc. or any combination.This dessert is super simple to make and only takes about 15 minutes to assemble to go into the oven.

Ingredients


Fresh fruit, any type, enough to cover the bottom of a 10 inch pie plate.

1/2 to 1 cup of sugar, regular white sugar or turbinado sugar {I used turbinado sugar}

3 eggs

1 1/3 cups milk

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Directions:

1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a 10 inch pie plate.

2. Arrange sliced fruit to cover the entire bottom of the pie plate. Sprinkle sugar over the top of the fruit.If the fruit is very sweet, sprinkle lightly with sugar. If the fruit is very tart, sprinkle liberally with sugar. Sprinkle fruit with lemon zest and cinnamon.  In a blender, combine  3 tablespoons of sugar, eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, and salt. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour over the fruit in the pan.

3.Bake for 30 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Here is the bottom of the pie plate. I actually made 2 clafoutis because I had enough fruit to make 2 of these and my kids love fruit desserts.
The fruit is sprinkled with turbinado sugar, which is a refined raw sugar that looks like coarse beige crystals. I keep turbindao sugar in my kitchen all the time because I like to sprinkle it on muffins or scones, etc. Regular sugar will work just as well. Then sprinkle the lemon zest and cinnamon on the fruit.
The custard-like batter is made in the blender. If you don't own a blender,  a whisk or spatula will do the job.
The batter is poured over the fresh fruit and the dessert is ready to go in the oven.
After 35 minutes, the dessert is puffed up and golden and ready to come out.
I topped our clafouti with a little whipped cream and a touch of cinnamon. When I was getting ready to photograph it to share here, I pulled out one of my Grandmother's lovely vintage tablecloths. It's hand embroidered, several years old and so pretty! I miss her so much and using some of her pretty things helps keep me close to her.
Clafoutis have a very custard-like texture and can be eaten warm or cold. The combination of the warm fruit with the custard is delicious and fragrant.
And in less than an hour, this is plate #1  of my summer fruit clafouti. It's kaput-i already! {My kids loved it...my daughter ate it for breakfast!}

If you would like to see other delicious summer fruit desserts, check out here and here.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


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18 comments:

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

So yummy! I love fruit desserts. I just ought 2 flats of peaches and made 4 cobblers for the freezer, nothing like a summer dessert once fall or winter have arrived!

Jessica
stayathomeista.com

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Whoa Angie, This looks extremely delicious. Thanks for teaching me something new!! {Now if I can just figure out how to PRONOUNCE "clafouti". *Wink*

Warmly, Michelle

Gayle Boyd said...

Looks so yummy Angie! I will have to try it with gluten free baking mix instead of flour and see how it turns out!

Bronwyn said...

Well that didn't last long in your house! I bet you are glad you were able to make 2!! I am hitting the farmer's market this morning, Perhaps I'll shop specifically for Clafouti fruit!

jenny said...

Ooo, yum. Now I have a french recipe I can make. Thanks for sharing it!

JoKnows said...

Your tablecloth is gorgeous! And so special because your grandmother worked on it by hand. I have some cloths from my grandmother, and I cherish them too. Where did your grandmother live? Mine was in Florence, Nova Scotia and later North Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The Alchemist said...

yum, this looks so delicious! I love that you can use any fruit.

What a lovely tablecloth, and it makes it even more special that it was made by a loved one.

Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Melissa @ The Alchemist

Heather @ It's A Long Story said...
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Heather @ It's A Long Story said...

Oh, this looks delicious! I've never heard of a clafouti, but now I have to try it! Coming over from Positively Splendid!

חתולי8 said...

yummmmmy!!! it's great that you can use any fruit!
i must try this!
Lior :)

Designs By Pinky said...

This is definitely a KEEPER!!! Thanks so much for sharing. XO, Pinky

Robyn said...

This looks SO delicious.. Im going to try making this, this week. Thank you for sharing it with us! :)
Robyn

Annmarie Pipa said...

I have never heard of or seen this..I think I love it!! I like to make pies..this is a whole new twist...thank you!!!
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Leslie said...

yummm.. this pie looks amazing!!!

teacakemake said...

Mmmm, that looks delish!! I may have to try baking this myself :)

Heather Kinnaird said...

fruit desserts are my all time favorite. Looks divine:)

Carole said...

Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Ooh, this looks SO delicious!
Thank you so much for sharing at {nifty thrifty sunday}!
You will be featured at this week's party!
xo! Vanessa

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