Pear or Apple Clafoutis

Lisa UK 09-06-99 12:48 PM

Pear or Apple Clafoutis
Source: "Bicycling Through Provence" by Sarah Leah Chase
Yield: 8 servings

2 cups milk
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
5 large eggs
6 Granny Smith apples or firm, ripe Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons liqueur such as Calvados or Grand Marnier
Confectioners' sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 375 F. and generously butter a gratin dish 12 inches in diameter and 2 to 3 inches high.

Combine milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently to cook slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place flour in a medium-size bowl and using an electric mixer, beat in eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl often, to make a smooth batter. Gradually beat in warm milk mixture to form a smooth and thin batter. Pour into prepared gratin dish.

Toss apple or pear slices with liqueur and arrange layers over top of batter; they will sink down as you work.

Bake clafoutis until firm to touch in center and lightly golden on top, 1 - 1 1/4 hours. Let clafoutis cool to lukewarm or room temperature. Serve by cutting into wedges, dusting each serving with confectioners' sugar.

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