Photo Credit: A. Kane
In the summer, few things are better than a pie with buttery crust enclosing an eruption of fruit. However, the clafoutis definitely provides competition for best dessert.
Some of you might be unfamiliar with the clafoutis—the French, eggy, baked custard of sorts. Pleasantly sweet, baked with any summer fruit that you like, the clafoutis rises during baking, and then sighs back into a dense custard. Traditionally it is made as a dessert, but it is so delicate, I also love it for breakfast.
A few years ago, when I first discovered the clafoutis, I could not stop baking them. I had the recipe memorized. (I love it when that happens!) The other fabulous thing about this homemade dessert is that it requires so few ingredients. I throw just about any fruit I have lying around into the mix. Nectarines, peaches, and apricots—all are delicious, but I love berries.
This clafoutis is made with blueberries (and just a few cherries to round them out). When you bake them, the blueberries literally pop with juicy sweetness. Try a clafoutis with a dollop of whipped cream for dessert, or a spoonful of Greek yogurt for breakfast.
1 cup blueberries, or other mixed summer fruit
1 tablespoon plus ..." cup sugar
1 cup milk, not skim
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup flour
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate. Arrange blueberries on the bottom of the plate, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and remaining sugar until frothy. About 1 minute. Add milk, vanilla extract, and salt, whisking to combine. Sift the flour over the egg mixture, and whisk until smooth.
Pour batter over the fruit in the pie plate. Some of the blueberries may float and move, try to disperse them evenly. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until browned on the top. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Adrienne Kane is a writer and photographer. She is the author of a memoir, Cooking and Screaming, and the food blog, nosheteria.com.
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