Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pear Clafouti

A clafouti is a French oven-baked dessert pudding. The impressive end result belies the little effort it takes to produce.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Unsalted butter to grease baking dish
  • 3 ripe but firm pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. Wash pears, peel, seed and chop. Place in bowl and toss with lemon juice.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Crack eggs into a medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer until foamy.
  4. Add milk, vanilla, sifted flour, sugar, nutmeg and pinch of salt. Beat again until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into buttered 9” ovenproof dish or pie plate. Scatter pear pieces over batter.
  6. Place in oven and bake 40-45 minutes. Batter should rise and turn golden when done.

Remove clafouti from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, which is a fine powdery sugar also known as icing or powdered sugar. Makes 8 portions.

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