Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Clafouti Clafouti Clafouti

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I like saying the word clafouti. While it's clearly a fun word to say (clafouti!), you are probably asking yourself what the heck is it? It's simply fruit baked in a custardy batter. The result is a light and tasty dessert.

A couple of nights ago I was inspired to make an Apple Raisin Clafouti. Now most clafouti recipes call for "soft" fruit - apricots, pears, cherries. Using crunchy apples takes a little more preparation. My version is loosely based on a Food Network recipe, in combination with several recipes from mom (hi mom!).

Peggy's Apple Raisin Clafouti
Step 0: preheat oven to 400F

Step 1: Make the batter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt.

Beat together:
- 3 eggs (some recipes call for an additional yolk, but it doesn't seem necessary)
- 1-1/2 cup milk (I used skim, but whole milk would be delicious)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add a small amount of the egg-milk to the flour mixture, and blend until smooth, then add the remaining liquid (if you add the dry ingredients to the egg-milk, you'll almost certainly have lumps - trust me).

Refrigerate until the apples are ready.

Step 2: Prepare fruit
Melt in an 8 or 10 inch cast iron (or other oven safe) skillet.
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

- 1-1/2 cups peeled coursely diced apples (1 large or 2 small)
Cook until slightly softented (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly.

Stir in
- a good handful (~1/3 cup) raisins

Then sprinkle with
- 2 tablespoons sugar

Reduce heat to medium low, and cook until the sugar has melted and coats the apples.
Spread the fruit evenly in the skillet.

Step 3: Baking
Quickly pour the batter over the fruit. Place the skillet in the heated oven and bake until the edges are puffed and brown and the center is set (about 20-25 minutes).

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

The result is a light dessert that has the comforting fall flavors of apples, raisins and cinnamon. Yum!

(there are some pictures of clafoutis on the 18th century cuisine blog)



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