Saturday, March 27, 2010

Raspberry Clafoutis


I would not consider this baking, it's too easy.

It takes 10 minutes to throw the ingredients together and just pop it in the oven. It's that simple.

Remember I made a cherry clafoutis last summer when cherries were in season?
That is the traditional way, and the French leave the pits in. Ouch. (supposed to taste better).

What is a clafoutis anyway? (pronounced CLA-FOO-TEE)
It's a lovely French recipe for a crepe like batter that is poured over fruit (usually stone fruit), and voila, a beautiful warm, eggy dessert appears after 30 minutes in the oven.

This raspberry version from the March issue of Food & Wine looked like a winner.

and it was!

Raspberry Clafoutis:

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar, + 2 tablespoons
3 eggs
3 tbsp melted unsalted butter
zest of a lemon
1/4 cup milk, + 2 tablespoons
1 pint raspberries (original recipe calls for 3 cups! there would be no room for that many berries)
confectioners sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9-inch gratin dish.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and a pinch of salt. Whisk in the eggs, butter and lemon zest until smooth. Add the milk and whisk until light and very smooth, about 3 minutes.

Pour the batter into the gratin dish and top with the raspberries.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until the clafoutis is set and golden.

Let cool slightly. Dust with confectioners' sugar, cut into wedges and serve.

This would also be great to serve as part of an Easter brunch menu. You can make the batter the night before and bake it on Sunday a.m.


The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love clafouti. You can call it baking. It still goes in the oven!

I would never leave a pit in a cherry dessert. That's too cruel! It's cruel to me having to clean up everyone's spit-out pits. Those wacky French! Raspberries do solve that whole dilemma.

blogging mit Geschmack said...

It is a very nice recipe! I will definitely try it - I like all kinds of such crepe-like-things. And that one with cherries is definitely on my to-do-list)) Thanks, Stacey!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Clafoutis has been on my "must make" list for quite some time. You're right, in that it looks easy. RasPberries were a great choice (and I definitely remember how you saved my bacon on my multitude of typos on that one!) Raspberry & lemon are made for each other. I still love your raspberry cake you posted, last year. I'm craving it again.

Bluebird NY said...

This so easy and would be a perfect Easter dessert. The rasberries are good right now, so I'm going to make it today...

Dana said...

I love recipes like this. Everyone who comes to dinner at my house expects a homemade dessert and sometimes I don't feel like taking the whole afternoon to bake it. I need more things like this in my arsenal.

tasteofbeirut said...

Love it! I haven't had clafouti for ages! I will make this some day as I am in the habit of buying raspberries whether I need them or not!

Dina said...

I love recipes with raspberries -- my favorite fruit! I will give this recipe a try! I love easy recipes!

Kim - Easy French Food said...

Hi Stacey - Your clafoutis looks yummy. I've never tired it with raspberries, but sounds great. Just have to wait for raspberry season to start here.

You can actually take the clafoutis thing in just about any direction. A good entree is a clafoutis made with cherry tomatoes, olives, and goat cheese - leave out the sugar of course!

blogging mit Geschmack said...

Hi Stacey!

AS I promised I did it today))

Thanks a lot for such a delicious recipe and extra thanks for that Food-and-Wine-Homepage - I liked it very much!

Cherine said...

I love clafoutis, never made it! I should try ur recipe soon :)

The Italian Dish said...

I love clafoutis - it is my go to dessert when I need to make something at the last minute. When cherries are in season I make cherry clafoutis a lot.

doggybloggy said...

this has been on my mind for hours after seeing it - I have frozen berries but I think I will get some fresh ones and make this today!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love clafoutis with any kind of fruit, minus the pits!

kat said...

Oh I wish it was raspberry season!

Anonymous said...

Trader Joe's has lovely canned cherries that work well for clafoutis. Have used them for Wm Sonoma recipe w/chocolate and cherries.

Thanks. By the way, we liked the southwest salad recipe and dressing.

Michele said...

This looks easy enough for this non baker! lol I had great raspberries last weekend!