Friday, September 12, 2008

Pear Clafouti

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" :))

Pear Clafouti
(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.


Ranjani said...

YUMMO! I got to give you major props for doing this series, you have so much patience, interest and passion- LOVELY !

Happy cook said...

This looks delicious, should go and check out this chef you are talking about.

Divya said...

Very interesting... it looks like popovers with fruits

Bharti said...

ooh laa laa...the dessert looks lovely. many vacations do you go on??!!

And oh here's a silly one the kidz like..;-)

How does a bird say tweet in French?

"Le tweet tweet"

Divya Vikram said...

sounds delicious Anu..

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,Will make it.Thanks for sharing

Cham said...

It has been years i left Paris and all those elegant desserts, but seeing ur clafouti u make me run to my kitchen and bake one :) Looks yum Arundathi!

Arundathi said...

Ranjani - thanks babe.

Happy Cook - Hope you enjoyed Chef Ripert's videos!

Divya - Hmm they're much much lighter than popovers

Bharti - i'm only physically present at work - in my mind, i'm always on vacation! lol! love the joke - le hee hee!

Thanks Divya

Curry Leaf - Sure, let me know how it came out

Cham - how wonderful to have lived in Paris!!

Srivalli said...

anu..that looks so perfect!

Raaga said...

lovely.. its been on my to-try for ages now

Rajani said...

never had clafouti, although now have seen several recipes with berries and now pear. it looks super yummy and hope to try it out soon. I love the way you really go all out on your dishes!

Swati Raman Garg said...

babes... hats off to you for this series.... seriously.. it definitely sounds and looks interesting...

Arundathi said...

Valli - thanks!

Raaga - I'd love to see your version

Rajani - Thanks a lot!

Swati - Sure, babe - you're welcome!

churningthewordmill said...

this is wat i want to try... it looks so easy to make.. gonna try on the weekend, pucca!