Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Summer Berry Clafoutis

I have just returned from a most wonderful week in North Wales where it was not in fact wet (much) but gloriously sunny and sparkly. Leaving this morning on yet another sunny day was a real wrench, relieved in part by the spectacular high-altitude drive through the mountains.

Plenty of food news from the holiday including those longed-for mackerel, where to find the best bara brith in North Wales (I've conducted extensive research!), my impressions of a birthday meal at the Porth Tocyn Hotel and some seriously good barbecued lamb. But firstly, just to ease myself back in gently, a quick pudding that I have made twice over the past fortnight which is a doddle to whip up and which those fond of comforting puddings will love.

Clafoutis has always appealed although there has been one major snag. I don't like cherries. No. Really. I don't. The almondy batter? Yes please. The cherries? Definitely not. Then one day when I was strolling around Waitrose (as one does), I picked up a recipe card for a raspberry version. Perfect. Why hadn't I thought of that?

In the end, I lost the aforementioned recipe card, but found a similar recipe on BBC Good Food's wonderful recipe resource. Here is the recipe, written my way. Follow the link for the original (plus a rather better photo!).

Ingredients (serves 6)

400g mixed fruit (I used raspberries and strawberries. Next time I might mix in some blackberries too. Cherries are the traditional choice)

50g ground almonds
2 tbsp plain flour
100g golden caster sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
250ml double cream

1. Pre-heat oven to 190C. Grease a 23cm round (or similar size) gratin dish or flan tin with a fixed, not loose, base.

2. Sprinkle the fruit into the prepared tin. Whizz together all the other ingredients and pour the batter over the fruit.

3. Bake for 25 minutes - until golden and just set.

Notes - I found I needed to cook this for a little longer than the recipe. If there is any left over (unlikely), it is delicious eaten cold the next day!

1 comment:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks beautiful! Glad you found a version that you liked!

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