I came home and my husband surprised me by baking a Raspberry Clafoutis. My first question was, “what is a clafoutis”?!! I had never heard of this before. I discovered that it is a tart, made of fruit, typically cherries, baked in a sweet batter and dusted with powdered sugar. It is a French dessert. Yes, my husband is part French. He has been coming home with books lately on French baking. I guess you could say he is finding inspiration from his heritage. I have to admit, I like it! Not only did he surprise me with this delicious, homemade dessert, he also brought home a bottle of French red wine to enjoy with it. I had to double check the calendar; it isn’t even my birthday!!
The Clafoutis was delicious. It is light tasting and slightly sweet. The raspberries add just the right amount of freshness to the dessert. Traditionally, in French culture, this would be one of the first desserts a child might learn to make because of its simplicity. It is great served as a dessert to impress your family & friends. You could also serve for breakfast or a brunch. It would be perfect for your holiday entertaining or when you have last minute guests.
Mangia! or as my French husband would say, “Manger”!
Makes Approximately 8 Servings
1 Tablespoon, Butter, unsalted, softened
1 1/4 Cup, Milk
6 Tablespoon, Sugar
1 Tablespoon, Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tablespoon, Almond Extract
Pinch, Kosher Salt
3/4 Cup, All-Purpose Flour
4 oz., Fresh Raspberries
1/4 Cup, Confectioners Sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 425F. Spread the butter all over a 9″ cast iron skillet, set aside. **(if you do not have a cast iron skillet, you can use a pie dish or any baking dish).
Using standing mixer with whisk attachment, add the milk, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, eggs, salt and mix until all ingredients are combined. Scrape down sides of bowl, and mix again.
Slowly add the flour and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into prepared skillet. Place the raspberries all around the skillet (you can leave a few raspberries aside for garnish if you like). Bake in oven for approx. 30 minutes, until a knife or toothpick comes out clean in the center and a golden brown crust is formed. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes.
Dust with confectioners sugar, slice and garnish with any leftover raspberries.