Clafoutis Quest

Joined Mar 14, 2010
I included a Clafoutis recipe in my cookbook (please forgive the mention, it's A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns if anyone is interested) and have been crazy frustrated by it ever since. It's really more of a custard than a clafoutis. I tried adding more eggs, tried it with and without the pear brandy, tried different kinds of pears--all kinds of variations. Then I went in search of other clafoutis recipes. Found one that turned out like popovers; made it with raspberries and it was OK, still not great. I have one more recipe to try before giving up on making a great clafoutis at home (I love Bittersweet Bakery's version in Chicago). Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.
Joined Feb 13, 2008
Hello Heaven and welcome,

For a (more or less) fail-safe pear clafoutis, take a look Ina Garten's.  Julia Child and  [shudder] Alton Brown have some good, basic clafoutis as well.

Also, if she doesn't show up in due course, you might want to try sending petalsandcoco a PM.  She's a for true clafoutismeister.

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Joined Sep 5, 2008
Clafouti is actually pretty close to a baked custard. When we were kids we would eat it from the baking dish, with a spoon. It generally didn't last long.

Have you tried adding more flour? What are the proportions you are using?  How long are you baking it, and how hot is your oven? Do you get a golden brown delicious crust? 
Joined Aug 25, 2009
I brought this over from the baking forum> Just omit the raisins if you don't want them. Chef BDL's suggestion about Ina Garten's recipe is wonderful too, Tried and tested – from the Martha Stewart Living Cookbook- a nice dessert. Prep. 10 mins. Easy.
Pear-and-Golden-Raisin Clafouti Serves 4

“Clafouti is a shallow puddinglike dessert made with fruit, almost like a dense pancake. Early recipes called for unpitted black cherries because the pit was thought to add flavor to the batter. Using a blender to mix the batter will make the clafouti light and airy. The batter may also be combined in an electric mixer.”

Unsalted butter , for dish

2 medium pears, peeled cored, cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices

2 large eggs

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup granulated sugar

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

pinch of salt

¼ cup of golden raisins

1 ½ tablespoons packed light-brown sugar, plus more for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Generously butter a 12 inch-round gratin dish; set aside.

  2. Arrange the pear slices in the bottom of the prepared gratin dish. Set aside.

  3. In a blender, combine the eggs, 1 cup cream, the flour, granulated sugar, nutmeg, and salt, and process until a batter is formed. Pout the batter around the pears, and sprinkle the top with raisins.

  4. Bake until the top begins to set, about 12 minutes. Sprinkle with the light-brown sugar; continue to bake until the clafouti is set and golden brown on top, about 8 minutes. In a large bowl, whip the remaining ¾ cup cream until sof peaks form. Remove the clafouti from the oven, and serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle more of brown sugar.
Joined Mar 4, 2010

I was just reading my german book about French recipes when I saw your question about Clafoutis :)) I did the one from this book and it was great!! Simple as it must be, light and fruity.. Here you have it:
450 g cherries
100 g sugar
2 big eggs
1 egg yolk
100 g flour
1 pinch of salt
175 ml milk
4 table spoon of double cream
5 drops of vanile

But the cherries on the botton of a smeared baking-tin. First sugar and eggs mix. Then the others. Cast that liquid on top of the cherries and let it back for appr. 45 minutes..

That is all!!
Joined Mar 14, 2010
What wonderful suggestions. Thanks! I'm glad there are people who like clafoutis as much as I do. All best, Madeline


this works well for me...

3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
3 oz sugar
8 oz heavy cream
Joined Mar 14, 2010
Just wanted to add that I will try all of these clafoutis recipes and get back to you with my favorite. By the way, the clafoutis at Bittersweet is more solid and I found a recipe that calls for almonds or almond paste (have to find the recipe again), and am wondering if that's why I like their version best among store-bought clafoutis? Thanks again for your help!
Joined Mar 14, 2010
My computer died so I was offline for a week while I picked out a new netbook (Asus Eee PC 1005, and I love it. I found the clafoutis recipe I was looking for. It's in a cookbook from a British TV show where they taught hopeless cooks to cook better. It's Angela Hartnett (whose little shop and take-away store, Nonna's, I fell in love with in London) and another chef whose name I can't recall. Anyways, it uses marzipan in the recipe. I will post it and try it along with all the others. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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