Apple Clafouti Recipe

There are many different clafouti recipes out there.  We enjoy this one and so do the guests for whom we’ve made it.

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 apples cut into thinly sliced wedges**
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.  Combine flour, sugar, and salt.  Whisk in eggs, cream and vanilla.  Add 3 tablespoons melted butter and stir until smooth.

Heat a 9 or 10 inch oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat.***  Spray skillet with cooking spray or coat with a small amount of butter.  Add batter to skillet and cook a few minutes—just until it begins to set.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add apple slices and toss to coat.  Place the apple slices in a decorative pattern on batter in the skillet.  Put skillet in oven, lower heat to 375°F and bake for 20 minutes, until center is firm, top will be slightly brown, and it has risen in the pan.  Slice and serve immediately.

*For a lower fat version you can also use 1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese and 1/3 cup plain yogurt, puree in food processor until smooth, and then add 1/3 cup milk  (Julee Rosso’s Low Fat blend in Great Good Food).  The texture will be bit different.  Or use 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup half-and-half.

**We’ve also made this with pears and substitute 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg for the cinnamon.  In the summer lemon zest and blueberries (1 cup) is a favorite at The Comstock House.  As is our “sunflower clafouti”—place peach wedges around the outside edge of the pan with blueberries in the center for the eye of the flower!

***A cast iron skillet works best—be careful not to have heat too high or bottom will burn.