Tuesday, November 28, 2006

On Second Thought!! Maven's Basic Clafoutis

Preheat oven to 400

2 Eggs
1/2 Cup sugar or 1 Cup Splenda
1/3 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup flour (can be made lower-carb by use of soyflour; or for decadence, 1/2 Cup of a prepared cake mix)
1 C. Nonfat evaporated milk or Half and Half (Tonight I may try sweetened condensed milk & omit the extra sugar & salt)

Recipe usually calls for 2 Cups pitted black cherries or 1 pint of fresh blueberries; however, creative license can be done with the use of apples or pears. Slice 1-2 Apples or pears very thin and cook in a saucepan with a little butter and spice of your choosing (mine is cinnamon for the apples, cardamon for the pears), drizzling a little maple syrup on them to sweeten them a little. Use whatever fruit is in season and available.

Step One:
Mix all wet ingredients together. Mix all dry ingredients together. Then incorporate.

Step Two:
Arrange fruit in a greased baking dish and pour batter over fruit. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out of center clean.

Serving suggestion:
Garnish with whipped cream or vanilla icecream and fresh fruit.

If using pears, I usually like to garnish with some minced, candied orange scented dried cranberries or "Craisins."

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