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Pear Clafoutis

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

A clafoutis uses a runny version of Belgian waffle batter as a matrix for fruit—classically, cherries—but you can make it with anything sweet. Few fruits would be more appealing in this than ripe pears. When making this recipe, use more pear than you think you’ll need. And while the pan will seem to contain too much batter, go with it–it won’t run over.

Serves8

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentelectric mixer

Mealbreakfast, dinner, tea

Taste and Texturefruity, light, sweet

Type of Dishdessert

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ cup self-rising flour
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 3-4 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into small chunks

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter a 10-inch cake pan and set aside.

Use an electric mixer to beat the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale yellow. Add the buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts, and cinnamon, and beat until well mixed.

Add the flour and stir with a kitchen fork, leaving small lumps in the batter.

In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites and the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Fold the beaten whites into the batter. Do not overmix–streaks are okay.

Scatter the pears into the prepared pan and pour in the batter. Bake for 8 minutes, then lower the oven to 325 degrees and continue baking for another 20 minutes. The clafoutis is ready when barely browned on the top. (It can also be refrigerated for a great breakfast.)

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