Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pluot Clafouti

This week for Sweet Melissa Sundays the very sweet Michelle at Flour Child picked Plum Clafoutis with Almonds as our treat to try from Melissa Murphy's book The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. I was excited to give this recipe a try. Clafouti or clafoutis have been on my radar for years and I've had quite a few clafouti recipes book marked but never got around to making one until this week for SMS.

The recipe calls for plums which are sauteed in butter with cinnamon and sugar before being added to the clafouti batter (which is a kind of a mix between a custard and crepe batter). I was planning to pick up some plums at Sam's Club when I saw these Dinosaur Egg Pluots, a plum apricot hybrid that is supposed to be really sweet, so I had to give them a shot. They are in a little plastic container and I didn't touch them before I got home and then realized they were really soft and probably a day away from being over ripe. They were kind of hard to cut without squashing them all up, and there was no way they would hold up to being sauteed without turning to mush. So, I added the sugar, butter, and cinnamon that they should be sauteed with right into the clafouti batter and just gently placed the pluots in after pouring the batter into my cast iron skillet.

The recipe calls for a 10 inch cast iron skillet and even though my skillet measures in at 10 inches it must be super small or something, because I halved the recipe (ready to use my mini 6 inch skillet) and half of this recipe fits perfectly into my 10 inch skillet -- way too much for the 6 inch. There is no way the called for amount of filling would work in mine, I'm thinking maybe it has shallow sides or something? I don't know really, it looks pretty standard to me, oh-well.

before baking

Baking time on this is 30 minutes and at that time mine was far from done. I ended up baking a total of 45 minutes, but think an extra 5 or 10 minutes would have benefited my clafouti since my pluots were so soft and juicy. I believe the traditional French clafouti is made with cherries and they would have been perfect in this one. Even though the juicy pluots left my clafouti a tad bit softer in the middle than I believe it should be, it was still absolutely delicious.

the clafouti poufs up a lot in the oven but settles down once it is out

I especially loved the crunch from the almonds and the combo of textures in this. I was a little worried at first because I do not like "eggy" dishes, but this one did not taste eggy to me at all, a little custardy, but I think that's how it is supposed to be. I am eager to try some other clafouti recipes, since I really loved this one. Picky husband would not try it, and the kids had mixed reviews -- my 5 year old loved it, my 4 year old had one bite and was not interested, and my 3 year old ate all of his and seemed to enjoy it.

definitely rustic looking

I adapted this recipe quite a bit so I am going to share how I made it...pretty much a halved recipe from the original except for the flour, longer baking time, skim milk instead of whole milk and cream, and skipping the saute step.

Pluot Clafouti
adapted from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book
original recipe here at Michelle's blog

3 pluots, sliced into wedges
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup milk (I used skim, since that's what we keep on hand)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sliced almonds
powdered sugar and whipped cream to serve

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 10 inch cast iron skilled with cooking spray with added flour.
Whisk together eggs, sugar, almond, milk, and cinnamon.
Whisk in milk and cooled melted butter, add pluots and gently pour into skillet.
Sprinkle sliced almonds around the edges of the clafouti batter.
Bake for 45 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool about 10-15 minutes.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream.


Flourchild said...

Im so happy you baked with me this week! Your Clafouti looks amazing! Im glad you enjoyed the recipe! I liked it too!

Candy Girl said...

Looks great!

Every Day Blessings said...

Looks delicious!

Shandy said...

I liked how the clafoutis did not taste eggy either. Your skillet dessert looks perfect and delicious! Love the plouts too; great idea =).

Claudia said...

I love trying new clafoutis recipes. My last one made with skim milk was too eggy. I shall try this - plulots are plentiful right now and this looks scrumptious.

Anonymous said...

Your clafoutis looks fab! Those pluots sound intriguing!!

Julie said...

Love that you took the photos in the oven. How fun to make this with plouts. I've always wanted to try one.

Gloria said...

Your clafoutis look fabulous! The pluots sounds yummy. Glad to hear it was a success!

Ms Fifikins said...

Oh yum! That looks so good!

Beth said...

Your clafouti looks terrific. I'll have to check out the pluots next time I see them.

superman said...

Wow...I love delicious...

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