Monday, January 10, 2011

Spiced plum clafoutis

Spiced plum clafoutis / Clafoutis de ameixa e especiarias

Let me introduce to you the most delicious dessert I have made in a long time – and that, my friends, is a HUGE thing for a blog as sugary as this one. :)

As much as I would love each and every one of you to try this recipe – yes, it is that good – I must be honest and tell you that if you’re not in clafoutis mood the plums, with that out-of-this-world syrup, would turn any vanilla ice cream into a work of art.

Spiced plum clafoutis
slightly adapted from Australian Gourmet Traveller

Spiced plums:
¾ cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar
2 cinnamon quills
½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 ¼ cups (300ml) water
6 ripe plums, halved, stones removed

Batter:
4 large eggs
1 ¼ cups (250g) caster (superfine) sugar
½ cup + 1 tablespoon (80g) all purpose flour
400ml heavy cream

For spiced plums, bring sugar, spices and water to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Add plums, skin side up, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn the plum halves, cook for another 2 minutes, or until tender (prick flesh with a fork to check it the plums are cooked). Remove plums from syrup using a slotted spoon; when cool enough to handle, cut into wedges. Divide plums among six 200ml-capacity lightly buttered ovenproof molds.
Return syrup to heat, bring to the boil, cook over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced by half (10-12 minutes), cool completely and set aside.
Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F. Whisk eggs, sugar and flour in a bowl until just combined (do not overwork). Add cream, stir gently to combine. Pour batter over plums, transfer molds onto a baking sheets and bake until just set and lightly golden (15-20 minutes).
Serve immediately with the plum syrup.

Serves 6

12 comments:

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Ooo, Chinese five spice powder must really make this unique and tasty!

Karen said...

Mmmm, I'd love this for breakfast. I've never seen five spice powder used in sweet dishes, very interesting in combination with the plums.

Patty said...

I'm a BIG fan of clafoutis (with plums know as a flaugnarde :) as well as plums - these sound wonderful! Love the addition of the 5-spice blend as well. :)

Rachel said...

I've always wanted to try a clafoutis! Declaring it the most delicious dessert you've made in a long time makes these pretty irresistible.

Just Cake Girl said...

I love plums, but i've never tried a clafoutis :) It looks great!

Baking Monster said...

So my thing is that when ever I bake with plums it comes out to bitter is this recipe like that too and I'm just weird and don't no how to bake with plums?

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

I adore claufoutis - a sort of sweet yorkshire pudding when you think about it. Spicing the plums is a great idea.

Katie said...

Looks delicious and I love the individual serving size.
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Brownieville Girl said...

All I can say is yummmmmm!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sylvie, it was such a nice addition to the recipe!

Karen, it was a first to me, too! It works really well with the fruit.

Patty, me too! And I did not know there was a different name for this dessert - tks for sharing!
xx

Rachel, I think you will like this one!

Just Cake Girl, thank you!

Baking Monster, really? This is my third or forth time baking with plums and I have never had any problem...

Sally, you're right! They are similar!

Katie, thank you! I'm off to check it out.

Brownieville Girl, thank you for stopping by!

Sasa said...

I just love your blog, so sweet! I'm glad I found it today, something to make me smile even though it's still cold and snowy ^_^

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sasa, thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying it!
xx

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