Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A quick clafoutis


What's a girl to do when plums are £1 for 2lbs at the market? Why, she buys them of course, along with a handful of Lancashire asparagus, 6 figs, a bunch of bananas and some fresh garlic.

After gorging on a few of the plums, she leaves them to rest for a couple of days while she does other things, only to come back to find them a little squishy. On a whim, while her best friend prepares a gorgeous baked cod and asparagus tray, she halves each plum over the sink, tears out the stone and places them on a little tart tray and leafs through her cookery scrap book. She finds the recipe - an easy clafoutis that she had long ago written in her book with multicoloured pens. The batter is prepared within 5 minutes, poured over the juicy plums and set in the oven to cook. Forty-five minutes seems to long, 30 just right.

A dollop of creme fraiche served with the slice is so irresistible that seconds are contemplated and contemplations are acted upon. Now, what to do with the figs...

Clafoutis
1 cup of self-raising flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon icing sugar, sifted

Arrange your fruit of desire, cut sides down, in a lightly greased 25cm flan dish. Sift flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Break eggs into well, add caster sugar and milk. Mix to form a smooth batter. Pour batter over plums. Bake in a moderate oven (180 celcius, 350 fahrenheit) for 45 minutes (although I thought this a bit too long) or until firm and golden. Serve hot or cold, sprinkled with icing sugar.

4 comments:

Yelena said...

i am in the same predicament at the moment. mind sharing the whole recipe?=]
thankies!

Bonnie said...

There you go Yelena - up and posted! I hope you enjoy it... but always it hot! Definately the best way - even in the heat...

Yelena said...

yay!!!!!
tomorrow i am sooo gonna bake this...maybe add a bit of the fresh donut peaches i got today......could be good, could be disaster=]

Bonnie said...

Hey Yelena,

it won't be a disaster I'm sure!!! It's so easy to put together... and I'll bet it will go awesome with the peaches. YUM! Just keep ya eye on it and don't cook it too long :D

Let me know how you get on!

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