Plum Clafoutis, with Almonds

Plums in Early Morning

Plums in Early Morning

By Cat, Oct 2007; updated July 2015 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

Clafoutis (a French word, pronounced “claw-foo-tee) is a simple, baked fruity custard pudding from France, that is best served warm, with cold thick cream poured over. This recipe does not use the 2-step method for cooking the custard.

Clafoutis reminds me of a fruit kuchen without the pastry crust on the bottom, which is perfect for my Paleo eating plan. [2015 note: In 2014 I changed from a Paleo to a Ketogenic eating plan, and had to give up this dessert – at least for the first 6 months – because of the white flour/starch in the recipe. I now use Creamy Egg Custard (Baked), Extra-Rich & Low Carb, with berries added to the custard before baking.]

NOTE: One of the suggested sweeteners is sweet dairy whey, which is primarily lactose. Do not use if you are lactose intolerant.

Plum Clafoutis

This recipe is adapted from Fine Cooking (1). Of course you can use other fruits such as peach, apricot, nectarine, cherries, figs or berries. This is very similar to my Peach or Plum Kuchen recipe – without the crust, so is great if you are avoiding grains. NOTE: if you are avoiding grains or gluten, use tapioca starch in the custard instead of flour.

In the original recipe, the custard ingredients are whisked together in a bowl; but I find it easier to do this in a blender, as it does a better job of breaking up the lumps of flour/starch.

The original recipe bakes the clafoutis in 425°F oven only 15 minutes until set, but in my experience, in a 350°F oven, it takes longer, about 60 minutes (see Cherry-Apricont Flan, with fruit variations).

If you don’t have amaretto, or are not adding almonds, use all brandy (2 Tbsp total).

Serves 4 – 6.

Ingredients & Equipment 

Preparation

  1. Almonds: Optional: Presoak almonds overnight, then drain. Turn out onto toweling, to remove excess water on surface.
  2. Next day: Preheat oven to 350°F, with rack in center of oven.
  3. When almonds are mostly dry, arrange them in pie pan, and toast in oven until pale golden, 3 – 5 minutes. Transfer to small bowl to cool, then toss with 1 Tbsp sugar.
  4. Return pan to oven & raise temperature to 425°F.
  5. Fruit: While almonds are cooling, wash, pit and quarter plums or halve cherries. For peaches & nectarines, remove peel then cut into 8 wedges, removing pit. Large berries can be halved, smaller ones left whole.
  6. Toss with ⅛ tsp stevia and set aside.
  7. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. When bubbling, add plums (or other fruit) and cook, turning, until beginning to soften, 1 – 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until fruit juices thicken to a thin syrup, 1 – 2 minutes.
  8. Off heat; stir in brandy and amaretto.
  9. Custard:  Combine milk, cream, vanilla, salt, flour/starch and sweetener in blender, and blend; add eggs while blender is running, blending until smooth. OR if whisking in a bowl:  Whisk together flour/starch, salt and stevia/sugar; add eggs, whisking until completely smooth, then whisk in the milk, cream and vanilla extract.
  10. Clafoutis: Remove hot pie pan from oven and butter it carefully. Pour in fruit/syrup mixture and spread evenly. Pour custard over fruit (pan will be very full). Bake until puffy and center is set (knife test), about 15 minutes. [As noted in introduction to the recipe, it may take longer for the custard to set.] Sprinkle reserved almond topping over batter halfway through baking.
  11. Cool clafoutis on rack, 10 – 15 minutes. Don’t be alarmed when it deflates.
  12. Dust with powdered sugar if desired, and serve.

References:

  1. Fine Cooking recipe (finecooking.com/recipes/plum-clafoutis.aspx)

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