If you’ve not heard of a clafoutis before, it’s a French dessert made with fruit baked in a batter that is similar to a Yorkshire Pudding or a Dutch Baby. The batter puffs up in the oven and surrounds the fruit in a creamy sweet batter that is almost like a set custard. You can make a clafoutis using other fruits such as cherries, apricots, and blackberries. I chose to make a Plum Clafoutis because I love the apperance of their red skins and orange centres, especially after they’ve been baked!
To start, I greased a pie tin with butter, then sprinkled sugar all over the tin. Then I sliced up my plums and arranged them in the tin.
In a bowl I whisked the milk, eggs and vanilla extract together. Then I poured the mixture into the flour bit by bit, and whisked until a smooth batter formed. I poured the batter over the plums.
It baked for 30 minutes, until the clafoutis puffed up and browned.
Serve the Plum Clafoutis warm with ice cream or custard, or at room temperature with cream. The plums were lovely and soft, and the clafoutis batter was custardy and sweet. This is a great seasonal dish, and a bit different than the typical crumble or pie.
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- 6 Plums de-stoned & cut into slices
- 3 Eggs large
- 175 ml Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 75 g Caster sugar plus extra for lining the tin
- 35 g Plain flour
- Butter or baking spread for greasing the tin
Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
Grease a pin tin, or flan dish, with the butter and sprinkle caster sugar all over it
Arrange the prepared plums in the tin in your desired pattern
In a bowl whisk the eggs, caster sugar, milk and vanilla extract together
In another bowl, measure out the flour. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the flour bit by bit, whisking with each addition, until a smooth batter is formed
Pour the batter over the plums, start in the centre and the batter will naurally fill up the gaps between the fruit
Bake for 30minutes or until puffed up, golden brown and with a slight wobble
Serve warm with custard or ice cream. Or allow to cool to room temperature and serve with cream
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 2 days, but it is best eaten on the same day as otherwise it can go soggy
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