This elegant but easy French dessert, Fruit Clafoutis (French Oven Pancake), makes use of fresh or frozen fruit that’s baked in a light batter and served with a dusting of powdered sugar.
What is a Clafoutis
Pronounced “kla-foo-TEE” this French dessert, or breakfast favorite, has its roots in southern France. It was (and is) made traditionally with whole cherries (pits included) and baked in a sweet, creamy batter. Once baked it is cooled slightly and dusted with powdered sugar.
It’s similar to the following:
- Dutch Baby Pancakes
- German Oven Pancakes
- Puffy Oven Pancake
- Hootin’ Annies
- Finish Kropser
- Swedish Ungspannkaka or Tjockpannkaka
The difference? It’s all in the amount of eggs (whole or egg whites), milk (or cream), and flour.
As with many of these recipes, the vessel that the batter (and fruit) will be baked in is preheated in the oven prior to adding it, so that the cooking process is started from the get-go.
I like to use a smallish ceramic casserole dish (which is the traditional baking dish that’s used) because when it comes out of the oven, it rises nicely and is beautiful to behold.
Clafoutis a Def Sweet Treat
As mentioned above, Clafoutis can be a dessert or an elegant breakfast/brunch main dish.
What I love about this recipe is that you can use a variety of fruit with this recipe. My favorite is cherries but you can choose whatever fruit is your fave.
Try one (or mix and match) these:
How to Make Fruit Clafoutis
Ingredients for Fruit Clafoutis
As mentioned above, this recipe uses simple ingredients. You will need the following:
- eggs, separated whites and yolks
- heavy whipping cream
- fresh or frozen fruit
Stir in lemon juice and zest.
Next add the flour, whipped cream and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Cooking Tip: Don’t over beat the batter. You just want the flour to be incorporated into the rest of the ingredients.
Using clean beaters and a small metal bowl, whip egg whites and salt into stiff peaks.
Gently fold the egg whites into the prepared batter.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Next add three tablespoons butter to a baking dish and place this in the oven to heat and melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, remove from the oven.
Use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter over the base and sides of the baking dish.
Carefully and evenly spread your fruit in the bottom of the baking dish. Then pour the batter over the fruit.
Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
The Clafoutis should be set in the middle.
You might notice that once you remove it from the oven your Fruit Clafoutis collapses slightly. That’s okay. It’s normal.
Serve warm. You can sprinkle confectioners sugar over the top and/or add a dollop of freshly made Chantilly Whipped Cream. Enjoy!
For more delicous dessert recipes, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section, as well as these family favorites:
- Door County Cherry Cobbler
- Classic French Apple Tarte TatinPineapple Refrigerator Pie
- Apple Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- No-Bake Whipped Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake
- Doctored Death By Chocolate Cake Recipe
- 4 eggs separated, yolks and whites
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour plus 2 tbsp
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 lbs fresh/frozen fruit (pitted, if using cherries, plums, peaches, etc.)
- 3 tbsp butter
- Separate eggs, yolks and whites. In a large bowl add egg yolks and sugar. Using either a hand mixer or stand mixer whip until you see ribbons.
- Stir in lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Next add flour, heavy whipped cream and vanilla. Mix until combined. Don’t overbeat the batter. You just want the flour to be incorporated into the rest of the ingredients.
- Next, using clean beaters and a small metal bowl whip egg whites and salt into stiff peaks.
- Gently fold the egg whites into the prepared batter.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Next add the butter to a baking dish and place this in the oven to heat and melt the butter. Once the butter has melted remove from the oven.
- Use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter over the bottom and sides of the baking dish.
- Carefully and evenly spread your fruit in the bottom of the baking dish. Then pour the batter over the fruit.
- Place your baking dish in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. The Clafoutis should be set in the middle.
- Serve warm. You can sprinkle confectioners sugar over the top and/or add a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!