These famous french desserts are not only delicious, they are fun – and easy – to make.
Yet another wonderful recipe to add to our list of french dessert recipes is clafoutis, a classic, but easy dish that comes from southwest France.
The clafoutis is like a combination of a tart and cake. The most popular version is made with cherries but other fruit can be used, such as apples, plums or peaches.
500g cherries, stoned
10 tbsp caster sugar
75g unsalted butter
50 ground almonds
1 egg, plus 3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zest from one lemon
160ml whole milk
160 ml whipping cream
2 tbs Armagnac, Cognac or brandy, optional
You’ll need a 20cmx5cm deep baking dish.
Preheat oven to 190C.
Mix together the cherries, 1tbsp caster sugar (and liqueur if being used) and leave to marinate for at least 1 hour.
Heat the butter in a small saucepan until it starts to turn golden, then remove from heat and leave to cool.
Brush the baking dish with 1 tbsp melted butter, then sprinkle with 3 tbspn caster sugar and shake the dish so it spreads a thin layer.
Next, in a bowl, mix the flour, and almonds. Make a well in the middle, and add the eggs, egg yolks, remaining caster sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest, and a pinch of salt. Whisk gently until the ingredients are incorporated. You should end up with a smooth consistency.
Then gradually whisk in the milk, cream and then the melted butter.
Combine everything together and pour into the baking dish. Bake for approximately 40 minutes.To check whether the clafoutis is cooked, insert the blade of a knife into the centre – it should come out completely clean.
Serve warm, sprinkled with a little caster sugar.