And finally, to round off a lovely and simple French meal, we simply have to make a clafouti.
Clafouti is a kind of baked fruit crepe that is a huge favorite in France. While sitting at a cafe in Paris, I repeatedly overheard people ordering the clafouti - and though it doesn't look as attractive as the other amazing desserts available - it's certainly one of the most delicious. Seriously, you'll be licking your spoon clean!
The beauty of the dish is that you can use any fruit you have available - as long as its fresh. So any seasonal fruit will work well. I used pears, which I brought back from a recent vacation. I actually picked it off the trees!
The recipe is originally from Chef Eric Ripert's site, Avec Eric, which features the Chef cooking in a tiny toaster oven (which is what I use to bake at home too). His recipes are simple and delicious and the videos are super educational (I would watch it just to hear him say "rrrasperrrrry" :))
(check Avec Eric for the original recipe)
1 cup Pears, chopped
3 tbsp All-purpose Flour
1/4 cup Caster Sugar + more for dusting
3 tbsp Whole Milk + 3 tbsp Fresh Cream
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Egg, beaten until frothy
Butter for the baking dish
Preheat oven to 200 deg C. Butter the baking dish and sprinkle with sugar. Arrange the fruit in a single layer in the baking dish.
Add the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla to the beaten egg and mix to combine. Add the flour, a bit at a time, and mix very well. Pour the mixture over the fruit.
Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
This is off to dear DK at Culinary Bazaar for AWED: France.