Clafoutis. Such a beautiful word that just rolls off your tongue. Try it. Pronounced as, Cla-Fou-Tee. See wasn't that wonderful to say!?!
Just as wonderful as saying clafoutis I would like to introduce you to a very special food bog called, My Judy the Foodie. My Judy the Foodie was my assigned blog for the month of September for the Secret Recipe Club. Not only is this food blog packed with amazing recipes that make your mouth water and drool but more importantly the love, dedication and happiness that has given life to this blog is just beautiful. Shari, daughter to Judy (as in Judy of My Judy the Foodie), created this blog in an effort to teach herself how to be in the kitchen with confidence and ease along with honoring her mom who was a beautiful master in the kitchen. In reading through Shari's blog it became clear to me that her mother surrounded her herself by all things beautiful and meaningful including food. And through her kitchen magic Judy created happiness and special moments all around her that were deeply treasured by all. Shari has done a beautiful job through her own words (and video's!) exploring her mother's recipes and then sharing them with all of us lucky people. I was honored to have been part of Judy and Shari's world for this past month as I soaked up all the deliciousness and kitchen passion through my SRC assignment. Sending you hugs Shari! You are an amazing woman! Truly amazing. :-)
Apple Clafoutis was my pick from all the delicious recipes from My Judy the Foodie which I will share with you today. I could not have been happier with my choice! Clafoutis hold a special place in my heart as my family in France often make such a dessert. Instead of using apples they use FRESH cherries, apricots or plums from their fruit trees. Delicious! The simplicity of mixing up a clafoutis is lovely. Your fruit of choice is surrounded by simple ingredients such as eggs, milk, flour,sugar and melted butter which can all be mixed by hand. Grab those apples you have in abundance right now and make your heart and palate sing with joy over this dessert. And then invite me over for a piece - I can never have enough clafoutis! :-)
(recipe from My Judy the Foodie)
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
1 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon (my addition as I can never go without adding cinnamon to an apple recipe)
1 Tbsp butter
4 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" slices
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp rum (which both Shari and I omitted)
1. Prepare your apples by melting 1 Tbsp butter and sugar in a large frying pan. Mix melted butter and sugar together to combine. Peel, core and slice apples and then place into pan with melted butter and sugar. Cook apples for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring gently.
2. Prepare batter while apples are cooking. In a large bowl whisk together all batter ingredients. Your batter will have the appearance similar to a pancake batter.
3. Grease and dust with sugar a pie plate. Add in 2 cups of batter to the prepared pie plate. Gently add in cooked apples. Leave the syrup of the apples behind for later use. Pour remaining batter over apples.
4. Bake your clafoutis in a 350 degrees oven for 30-35 minutes. The clafoutis will be golden brown and set in the center when done. The center will be just a little bit jiggly but that's what a clafoutis will do when baked.
5. Pour remaining apple syrup over your clafoutis when you take it out of the oven.
Serve warm or cold...either way is delicious!