Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Another one of Summer's gifts - plums! My mom brought over a basket of fresh plums, right off her tree. While I'm not a big stone fruit fan, there are some wonderful desserts that make the most of these little guys.

While they can be really messy of you are the tree owner, they cook up beautifully in a dish like this one: Plum Clafoutis

SUPER quick, simple and delicious. Best served still warm out of the oven! Try it out. Start to in the oven was about 10-15 minutes, including preparing the fruit!

Plum Clafoutis
6 tablespoons white sugar
14 plums, pitted and halved
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups milk (I used 1 cup milk & 1/3 cup cream)
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 pinch of salt (precise, I know- I'm kinda like that)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 10 inch pie plate and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar on the bottom.

Arrange the plum halves, cut side down, to cover the entire bottom of the pie plate. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the sugar over the plums.

In a blender, combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, eggs, milk, flour, lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Pour over plums in the pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes in a preheated oven or until firm and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Try to serve fairly soon after cooking as it has a tendency to fall and become more dense (less "fluffy") upon cooling.

This is an impressive dish for guests that is WAY easier than it appears when finished! Which is TOTALLY right up my alley!!

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