If you want to make an easy French dessert, look no further than Clafoutis. It’s traditionally made with cherries, but you can use any berries in season, as I have done. My individual Berry Clafoutis is an unbelievably easy dessert recipe that will leave your guests in awe!
Eggs are one of my favourite foods. I can have them for breakfast, lunch, as a snack, in dessert – hell, even as a drink! Egg coffee anyone? I think very soon I’ll dedicate a month to egg recipes from around the world. How many of you would be interested in that?
Eggs are crucial in baking and several dessert recipes, and the French seem to have mastered the versatility of eggs. From hollandaise to crème brulee to soufflés, meringues and croque madame – how’d they come up with all these pioneering masterpieces?! Which reminds me – I’m working on a croque madame recipe that will be halal and kosher, so stay tuned for that!
Before I digress any further, let me tell you about my star egg recipe today – Berry Clafoutis (the S is silent). Clafoutis is an easy custard like dessert that is traditionally made with cherries. It’s whipped up in no time in pretty much one bowl and can be enjoyed warm or cold. Combine ingredients, whisk, bake and devour! As easy as that. Clafoutis transfers me to simpler times when I could eat all the eggs I wanted without worrying about cholesterol or putrid flatulence.
I didn’t have cherries on hand as cherries are no longer in season here in Sydney, Australia, but I couldn’t resist making Clafoutis with almost out of season blackberries! I love the tart sweetness of blackberries with the sugary egginess of the Clafoutis. You can use any berries that you fancy, or even a mixture – they will all taste great! I also made them in individual ramekins to wow your guests on your next dinner party, but you could make it in a skillet or baking dish.
I hope you give this a go and thank the French next time you have to whip up a deceitfully quick but elegant recipe for unexpected guests! Let me know how you like it in the comments below! Bon appetit!
A classic French custard like dessert that can be made with any berries in season.
- 300 grams berries your choice of berries
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Extra sugar for topping and ramekins
- Extra butter for ramekins
Pre-heat oven to 180c.
Combine all ingredients (except for berries) in a bowl and whisk very well.
Butter ramekins and coast with sugar.
Pour custard and fill 3/4th of ramekins.
Evenly distribute berries into custard.
Sprinkle some more sugar on top and bake at 180c for 25 minutes, till still slightly jiggly in the centre.
Serve warm. Bon Appétit!
Watch how to make Berry Clafoutis