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French Apple Clafouti

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Category : Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

French Apple ClafoutiA “clafouti” is an odd sort of thing to describe. It’s kind of a fruit custard, only not really.  It sort of has the texture of pastry, but not quite.

Truthfully, you’ll just have to try it for yourself. What I know for sure is that this one is delicious!

I still had some of the blend of cooking apples left that I’d purchased at Cloud Mountain Farm’s Fall Fruit Festival, and I hadn’t tried baking a clafouti before, so it seemed like a perfect time to try. Despite it’s fancy French name, it’s quick and easy to prepare.

The key is to start with local apples with perfect flavor and ripeness. Note that very little sweetener is necessary.  I used less than 2 tablespoons of honey for the whole dish.

Once again I used local mint instead of non-local traditional spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. I think you’ll be delighted with the result!

Note: Since I hadn’t made clafouti before, I adapted this recipe from one at AppleRecipes.com.

  • Prep Time:
    20 min
  • Cook Time:
    60 min
  • Ready In:
    1 hr 20 min
Servings: 6 servings
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups peeled, sliced apples (Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson)
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk (Twin Brook Creamery, Lynden)
  • 4 eggs (friend, Lummi Island)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted (Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill, Bellingham)
  • 2 Tbsp honey (Guilmette’s Busy Bees, Bellingham)
  • 2 tsp dried mint, crumbled (Tree Frog Farm, Lummi Island)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a deep 10-inch pie plate or similar size baking dish.

Peel and core the apples. Slice thinly. Arrange the apple slices evenly in the bottom of the cooking dish.

Whisk together the milk and eggs in a mixing bowl until well blended. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Pour the mix over the apples in the baking dish. Bake about 60-70 minutes, or until nicely browned.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve warm. Goes well with Broccoli-Potato Pudding. Clafouti would also be good for breakfast or brunch.

Food Sources:

Boxx Berry Farm Store, 6211 Northwest Rd., Ferndale
Cloud Mountain Farm, 6906 Goodwin Rd., Everson
Community Food Co-operative, Westerly and Cordata, Bellingham
Terra Organica, Flora and Cornwall, Bellingham

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