This dessert is part pancake, part custard, and ALL delicious!
This custardy dessert comes from France, where the verb clafir means “to fill.” In other words, clafouti is a dessert filled with fruit.
Because a clafouti is basically a combination of a custard and a pancake, it’s important for it not to have too much flour (it would be too pancake-y) or too many eggs or too much cream (too custardy). Ours strikes a nice balance between the two, especially when studded with fruit.
Clafoutis are traditionally made with cherries; we chose raspberries because they’re easy to find year-round, but you can experiment with whatever seasonal fruit you find!
When taken straight from the refrigerator, butter is quite firm. For some baking recipes and many frostings, you need to soften butter before trying to combine it with other ingredients. This is just a fancy term for letting the temperature of butter rise from 35 degrees (its refrigerator temperature) to 65 degrees (cool room temperature). This takes about 1 hour. But here are two ways to speed things up.
1. Counter method: Cut butter into 1-inch pieces (to create more surface area). Place butter on a plate and wait about 30 minutes. Once butter gives to light pressure (try to push your fingertip into butter), it’s ready to use.
2. Microwave method: Cut butter into 1-inch pieces and place on a microwave-safe plate. Heat in microwave at 50% power for 10 seconds. Check butter with a fingertip test. Heat for another 5 to 10 seconds if necessary.
2 large eggs
1/3 cup (2 1/3 ounces) sugar