Clafouti – fruit in a pancake-like batter


Ingredients for 4 to 6 people:

1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 1/4 cups almond milk or any other milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla or almond extract
about 3 cups of fruit; cherries, raspberries, pitted prunes or pears

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a medium size baking dish – or individual ramekins – sprinkle the bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar.

Beat the eggs and 1/3 cup of sugar in a bowl. Add the flour, then milk and vanilla extract. You can also use a blender.

Meanwhile arrange the fruit in a single layer in the baking dish. Pour the batter over them and bake until the top is golden brown,  about 35  minutes for individual dishes, 55 minutes for a larger one. A knife plunged in the center should come out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Traditionally a clafouti is made with cherries. I used frozen ones today.

Bon appetit !


Financiers Express


Financiers (pronounced fee-nahng-syehr) are French tea cakes with a soft and moist texture. You can bake them in individual tart pans (molds) or muffin tins.  

Ingredients for 5 large muffins:
1 stick unsalted butter, or 1 stick salted butter and skip the salt
1/4 cup gluten free flour
1/2 cup ground almonds (I use almond meal)
1/2 cup confectioner (powdered or icing) sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Butter the molds with a pastry brush or some paper towel.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ground almonds, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the lightly beaten egg whites, vanilla, and butter. Fill each mold almost to the rim and bake for about 20 minutes (less for smaller ones) until the cookies have become golden brown around the edges and are springy to the touch.

Excellent eaten warm from the oven, but can be covered and stored for a few days at room temperature or in the refrigerator. You can also enjoy them with jam, chocolate sauce, ice cream or a fruit salad.

Bon appetit !