Clafouti is a simple French custard baked dessert that is delicious to serve for guests during the holidays. The preparation couldn’t be more easy and it looks as if it took hours to prepare. I love the flavors of fresh pears with brandy, especially at Christmastime and I added tart cranberries to the mix for a festive twist. I like to top it with a dollop of whipped cream for a little added decadence.
1 teaspoon butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar + more for pan
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons brandy
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 large pears, peeled and cut into quarters
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup powdered sugar
whipped cream, optional
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter and sugar a 10 x 3 inch round pan. Add the sliced pears in a flower pattern around the pan and pour the cranberries over the top of the pears.
2. In a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add flour, salt, cream, almond extract and brandy and mix on low for 1 minute, until smooth.
3. Pour the batter over the fruit and place in the oven to bake for 35-45 minutes, or until light golden brown on top.
4. Let cool for 20 minutes, then dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!