Clafouti, also known as clafoutis, is one of the easiest desserts to fix. It’s French in origin, usually made with cherries, but It also work well with other fruits, such as apple, pear, and any berries…. 

This might be the only baked sweet I’ve been keep making since when I was a kid, and the combination of pear & almond one has been my favorite these days.

The word Clafouti/ Clafoutis is really that familiar with Americans. They often mistake it for flan with fruits. But I am proud to promote the dessert with the accent on “fou” as the French do, even if they laugh at me!

Ingredients
* Fruits / 300g strawberry (or  3 pears for Pear Clafouti)

* 200ml  milk
* 100ml heavy cream
* 50g  butter (unsalted)
* 3 eggs
* 40g  flour
* 1 lemon (juiced)
* a pinch of vanilla essence
* half cup of sliced almond

* For the base, you can either use a 10″ pie crust, tart base, Graham cracker crust or no base at all.

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. If you are not using a crust, set a baking pan or mold with parchment paper.

3. Roast the sliced almonds in a frying pan on high heat, shaking constantly.

4. Cut the fruits: (strawberries- cut in half or keep whole if they are small. Pears- peeled & sliced)

5. Melt the butter and add to sugar in a bowl, then mix well with all remaining ingredients except flour.

6. Add flour and lightly mix with spatula.

7. Arrange the fruits in a spherical pattern on he bottom of the base, then pour in mixture to fill the base. Sprinkle with sliced almond.

8. Bake for 30~ 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Serve at room temperature, or chilled.

急な来客があったのでクラフティを作りました。

これはお菓子の中で唯一子供の頃から作っているものです。つまりとっても簡単な焼き菓子なのですが色々試した結果この生地に洋梨とアーモンド、というのが最近の定番です。

材料も揃っているし、混ぜて焼くだけ、と思いきや、お客人のひとりは美味しそうな洋梨を持参してくれて、もうひとりには前回もこれを出した事に気付き、急遽苺に変更しました。苺はよく行く八百屋さんで閉店寸前におまけでもらった熟れきった苺で丁度良かったです。

”クラフティ”というのは周りのアメリカ人には全く馴染みがないらしく、ああ、果物入りのフラン(焼きプリン)?。。。等とあっさり言われますが、フレンチ風に”フ”を強調して(フランス語圏の友人の受け売り)クラフティと言っては失笑を買っています。

作り方はこちら


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