Monday, 20 August 2012

Cherry Clafoutis

Another summer BBQ, and another dish to bring.  I’ve been wanting to try a clafoutis since I saw it on Bake with Anna Olson.  It looked like the easiest dessert ever – a custard pie for which you do not need to make a crust because it makes its own!!  Since I had fresh cherries, I decided to use them for the fruit element.

Check out the verdict at the end of the post!

Cherry Clafoutis
Adapted from here

½ cup almond meal
½ cup sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup pitted and halved cherries

1.       Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch pie plate.
2.       In a medium bowl, whisk almond meal, both sugars, and cornstarch.
3.       Add eggs, yolks, vanilla, and heavy cream.  Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
4.       Pour into pie plate and sprinkle with cherries.
5.       Put pie plate on a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes.  The edges of the clafoutis will brown.
6.       Dust icing sugar on top before serving (optional).
Before baking.

After baking.

Verdict:  Everyone at the BBQ seemed to really like it!  It was not overly sweet and had a nice custardy flavor.  Actually, it had a mochi cake flavour.  The cherries went really well with the custard. I thought there would be a bit more crust (crispier edge), but it had a firm-custard edge.  Although the original directions were to serve immediately, I served it at room temperature.  I wonder what it would taste like warm… Btw, confirmed: easiest dessert ever, with high impact!!

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