Friday, June 24, 2011
This is a great dessert if you're looking for something light and not too sugary. It reminds me of rice pudding just minus the rice. There is actually a dessert here in France called "Clafoutis aux Cerises" which is a custard or flan with cherries. Since I love all things cherry, I decided to give it a try. Then I thought "why not use other fruit?" This one is made with canned peaches, although I'm sure that pears, blueberries, or other fruit would be just fine. Give it a try and let me know!
1 (15-oz) can peaches, drained and diced
3 Tbsp flour
1/4 c sugar
3/4 whole milk (I suppose that 2% or maybe skim would be fine too)
pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or butter a shallow baking pan like a Pyrex pie pan. Arrange diced peaches around on bottom of the pan. In a bowl mix together the flour and sugar. Add in milk and beat until smooth. Then beat in the eggs, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.Pour the batter over the fruit carefully so as to not move the fruit around too much. You want to keep it as evenly spaced as possible so each bite has its fair share of fruit.Bake in oven for 1/2 hour or until set and the edges are puffed and golden. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.
Right before serving, sift powdered sugar on top. This can be served warm or cold. If served warm, you could add a dollop of whipped cream as well.
This is what the cherry one looks like. I used canned cherries. (Not cherry pie filling!) Just make sure they are pitted. If you want to use fresh cherries, just pit them, and mix them in a bowl with a little lemon juice first. If you're using tart cherries, then also mix them with a little powdered sugar.