What on earth is a Clafoutis? Every time I suggested making it I’d get asked the same question. First my beautiful spouse. Then, each of my wonderful children. Then, each in their turn, my in laws and closest friends. Finally, a new friend my beloved and I met while baking in the Cuban sun, herself a far more accomplished cook than me, simply asked ‘are you using fresh or frozen berries, cause if they’re frozen you gotta be careful’! Of course, I shouldn’t have been surprised. I’ve eaten easily the best pasta I have ever had at her house and the wife and I, and the kids spent three weeks touring Italy a few years back!
Okay, but I digress. Clafoutis is a dessert that originated in the countryside of the French region of Limousin somewhere about 200 years ago. The word derives from the verb ‘clafir’ or to fill. And, that’s just what you do. Traditionally, a prepared pie plate is filled with black cherries and topped with a batter something between a custard and a pancake. The result looks a lot like something called a Dutch Baby, which I sometimes make for brunch. The finished dish is served in France with fresh heavy cream but, at my house, we sprinkle a little confection sugar on it and top it with a scoop of Dad’s No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream ,
The beauty of this dish, aside from it being dead easy to make and it’s exotic sounding name, is that you can use just about any berry you have in the house. It’s a great way to use up berries that are starting to turn too ripe for their own good. You can also use frozen berries so you can make it year round. Although there is a trick. Don’t let them thaw before adding them and be careful not to stir them around at all once you’ve added the batter. If you do, you’ll end up with a grey, albeit delicious, mass in the middle of your baked batter.
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