Friday, 12 August 2011

Plums a plenty

Clafoutis de prunes : Superbe!
We’re enjoying a vast array of delectable fruits from the local market. One of my favourite summer desserts is the French ‘Clafoutis’. You can make it with cherries but I really like this recipe made with plums called ‘Clafoutis de prunes’. This sounds confusing but I promise that you don’t make it with prunes. You can use Yorkshire Pudding batter for ‘Clafoutis’. 
Here’s the recipe from my French friend, Florence. Grandma liked this as it's a recipe based on a ‘cup’ measurement. No worrying about metric or imperial - gs or ozs. Just make sure you use the same cup for the ingredients!

Clafoutis de prunes
¾ cup plain flour
2 eggs
¼ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 full cup of milk
4-5 plums cut into slices
Mix the eggs and flour as for a pancake batter. Beat in the sugar, salt and milk. Butter an oven dish and line with the plums. Cover these with the mixture and cook in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes (Mark 4, 350F, 180C).

Grandma’s tips for YorkshirePudding apply to this dish. Switch to a conventional heat setting rather than a fan oven setting to ensure it comes out light and airy!

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