Strawberry & Orange Blossom Clafoutis


1 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange flower water (or more to taste)
butter for greasing


Grease an oval 2-quart baking/gratin dish then dust with a bit of sugar
Hull and halve your strawberries then toss in a bowl with corn starch and set them cut side down in the baking dish & set aside
Scrape the vanilla bean, well to get all the yummy vanilla bits out*
Crack your eggs then dump into your blender **
Now, dump all other ingredients EXCEPT confectioners sugar into your blender and give a few spins until neatly blended together.
Pour the batter over the berries and pop into your preheated oven
Bake in 350º oven for 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean
Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and eat warm
You can save the pod of your bean and set into a jar of sugar or sea salt to make vanilla sugar or vanilla salt!
I always crack my eggs into a separate bowl just in case I get a little shell. That way it’s easy to do damage control- and did you know that the easiest way to get shell out is to use a piece of shell to fish it out?


Saturday, at the Farmer’s market, I couldn’t resist a whole flat of organic Albion strawberries for just $10! This week will surely be filled with delicious strawberry treats- starting with a strawberry clafoutis. Clafoutis is a fantastic French dessert traditionally made with cherries, although I seem to recall my grandmother making a version with French prunes, pits and all.

Since I was flush with ripe beautiful berries, I decided to combine a few of my favorite things, strawberries, vanilla, and flowers in this lovely homey French dessert. It’s a double dose of vanilla with both Tahitian vanilla extract and vanilla bean in the batter. The strawberries come from, well, strawberries, and the flowers come from orange flower water. I would love to garnish this with real orange blossoms, that would be just beautiful, but alas, I’ve got none, but I always have orange flower water- it just tastes (and smells) divine.

So, here it is: Strawberry Orange Blossom Clafoutis- sweet, simple, and delicious.


8 depending how greedy you're feeling


Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 11:06am


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