Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert

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This Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert is very easy to rustle up and a great way to use up fresh cranberries. I made a clafoutis some time ago, and based on that, I made this dessert (can’t call this a clafoutis though), with some alterations for a cakey texture. The similarity of this particular dessert with clafoutis ends with the method; the taste is very unlike the French dessert.



Clafoutis (pronounced ‘klafouti’) is a rustic French dessert wherein fruit, usually cherries are arranged at the bottom of a buttered dish and an egg based batter is poured over them. The cherries rise to the top and after baking, this fruit studded dessert has a custardy texture. It is then enjoyed warm with a dusting of icing sugar over it and some optional cream. While the French are known for their patisseries selling delicate, fancy pastries and other sweet delights, the clafoutis is more rustic and homely.



I have called my dessert clafoutis inspired; the method to make it is very similar to the French rustic dessert of clafoutis. But I have made a few substitutions and the end taste does not duplicate that of the traditional clafoutis. Unlike the traditional recipe which gives a more custard like texture, mine was more cakey. I have used honey (as sweetener for the main batter), oil and plain wholemeal flour instead of sugar, butter and plain flour. I have also added a little chopped nuts for an added bite. Instead of the traditional cherries, I used some seasonal cranberries. I added a little baking powder / soda for the cakey texture.



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Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert

Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert

Sunita Bhuyan
Inspired by the French clafoutis, this is an easy to make dessert when fresh cranberries are in season.
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 2 handfuls of fresh cranberries
  • 4 tbsp of finely chopped nuts (I used almonds)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp plain wholewheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of bicarbonate of soda

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C
  • Grease two 4½ inch round tart pans and arrange them on a bigger baking tray.
  • Mix together the cranberries, nuts and sugar. Divide the mixture into two and arrange at the bottom of the two pans.
    Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the honey, egg, oil and milk.
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk lightly till there are no lumps.
  • Divide the mixture between the two pans over the cranberry and nut mixture. The cranberries will rise to the top.
  • Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 25-27 minutes or till the top is golden or a toothpick inserted through the centre comes out clean.
    Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert
  • Serve when warm with a dusting of icing sugar.
    Clafoutis inspired cranberry dessert
  • Other serving suggestions- a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, some custard poured over it.
Keyword almond cake, baking, clafoutis, cranberries, dessert, French, French dessert, French style, fruit, fruity dessert, nuts

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