01 March 2009

Apple-Banana Clafouti

En français ici.
Today we have Sunday Baking Returns. I haven't been doing weekend baking for a while, partly because I haven't been so much in the mood for sweets, partly because there are few good fruits around this time of year to inspire me. In fact what inspired me this week was D. sending a recipe to my inbox and insisting that I make it. The recipe comes from the talented Nathalie, whose blog Clopin-clopant is worth spending some time exploring (if you speak a little French) and whose book, Sortie de route, I thoroughly enjoyed. She's also published a collection of short stories that's waiting for me to dig in. And on top of all that she's a good cook, you ask? Well apparently so, because I tried this recipe and it's delicious!

(The measurements are translated so pardon me if they're a little strange.)

4 eggs
2.7 oz flour (a heaping 1/2 cup)
1 cup milk
4.2 oz sugar (about 3/4 cup -- she used castor, I used 1/2 dark brown, 1/2 white. I like the richness brown sugar gives it and it goes nicely with the banana)
2 Tbsp butter, melted

2 apples, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 bananas, peeled and cut into slices

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.

Butter a pie or tart pan and lay the pieces of fruit in a generous layer at the bottom. Mix together the other ingredients in a bowl and pour over the fruit.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the clafouti is set and the fruit is golden on top. It will rise, but don't worry that's normal and it falls when it comes out of the oven -- that's normal too.

Thanks Nathalie!


Psychgrad said...

It must be good if someone insists that you make it. Definitely looks delicious. I've been rediscovering my love for bananas lately, so this is very appetizing.

After the wedding, I'm going to bake non-stop. :)

Hopie said...

Psychgrad - If you love bananas, you should definitely give it a try!

Tony said...

Oooooh I want this! I'll have to try making it after Lent when I go back to being vegetarian instead of vegan :)

Sam said...

That's an interesting combination, I've never seen apples and bananas in the same dessert before. It sure looks good though, I'll have to try this.

Katharine said...

Okay, I give up. What is a clafouti?

Ivy said...

Apart from banana bread you don't see a lot of recipes with bananas and I must say that I must try it as we love bananas.

Hopie said...

Tony - Yea, it would be hard to make a vegan clafouti ;-)

Sam - I hadn't tried apples and bananas either but it works well!

Mom - It's a traditional French dessert, with fruit cooked in a kind of custard-y batter. I'll have to make you one!

Ivy - Yea, I was intrigued by the use of bananas too, and not disappointed!

Nirvana said...

This looks soooo good -- yummy -- I love baked fruit :)

Hopie said...

Nirvana - Yep, yummy stuff!