A simple basic recipe for clafoutis, a dessert made with fruit and a custard-like creamy filling. It’s a delicious breakfast treat and a breeze to make.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and guess what? Clafoutis counts as breakfast! The first time I stumbled upon clafoutis was a few years ago in France. It was one of my first trips together with Erez and we didn’t make any restaurant reservations like we do today months in advance. It was a busy night and we had no luck finding a nice place, but we were starving so we ended up in a tiny restaurant that didn’t look very promising. The food wasn’t great, but the dessert – raspberry clafoutis – made everything better. I had never tried it before but have made it dozens of times ever since.
What is Clafoutis?
Clafoutis is a French dessert made with fruit that is covered with batter that consists of eggs, sugar, milk, and flour. It’s a thick custard that is similar to flan in texture. It’s usually made with cherries but other fruits can be used.
Clafoutis recipe is too easy not to try. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and bake the batter with the fruit. The clafoutis will puff up and get golden on top, but the inside will stay soft and creamy. You’ll want to serve it immediately after baking while it’s still warm. Traditional clafoutis is dusted with powdered sugar on top. It’s baked in a large dish so it’s great as a sweet treat for a weekend brunch with the family.
Cherries and raspberries are my favorite fruits to use in clafoutis but peaches, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pears, or other soft fruit will work well in this recipe.
More Breakfast Treats:
My favorite fruits for clafoutis are cherries and berries. Make sure they are sweet and tasty before using them. Using heavy cream in addition to milk makes this dessert rich but also super delicious. If you want to keep things light and leave out the cream, use a total of 1 and 1/4 cups milk instead. A cast iron skillet retains the heat well, but if you don’t have one you can use any 9-inch dish. Use a shallow dish if you have one. Serve the clafoutis while still warm.
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (100 g/3.5 oz.) granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (70 g/2.5 oz.) all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons (28 g/1 oz.) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon , optional
- 2 cups pitted cherries, berries, or other fruit
- Powdered sugar , for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Butter a 9-inch cast iron skillet or pie pan. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, and salt for about a minute until well combined. Add flour and whisk until smooth and lump free. Whisk in melted butter, followed by the milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Make sure that the mixture is completely smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Scatter fruit onto the batter.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until the clafoutis is just set (it's ok if it's still wobbly in the center) and golden at the edges. Let cool slightly until lukewarm. Dust with powdered sugar, if you like. Cut into wedges and serve.