A Very French Dessert for Bastille Day: Blueberry and Raspberry Clafouti

Yesterday was Bastille Day. For those of you who do not know what it is, it is a French National Holiday that celebrates France becoming a republic. It is on this special day that the angry Parisian took over the Bastille Prison to show how much they were angry at Louis The XVI. And it is also on this day that The French Revolution started. On July 14th, there are celebrations, military parades and fireworks in most towns. Look at this link to see a few pictures of Paris yesterday: http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/14/12741335-bastille-day-celebrations-take-over-paris?lite

To sum it up, July 14th or Bastille Day is the same for French people as Independence Day is to  Americans. Of course I no longer celebrate this holiday now that i live in the USA, but I think about France a bit more on this special day and all that it commemorates to me. Sometimes even I tried to have a party with my friends and serve french food. Yesterday, I was asked to do a cooking class so I did a French cooking class as I saw it was well fitted for the occasion. Among the food I prepared, I fixed a blueberry and raspberry  clafouti.

Clafouti is the Summer Fruit Dessert by excellence. You can change the fruit as the season changes.

Ingredients for 12 cupcake size: 2 cups of blueberries, 1 small container of raspberry, 4 eggs, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.

Turn the oven to 400. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the fruits. Place the muffin tray on the perforated sheet. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 cupcakes. Then divide the fruit evenly among the cups as well. Place the tray into the oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until the center is no longer wabbly. Serve hot, or cold, with whipped cream or ice-cream. Et voila!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Clafouti aux Poires

What are you ? a chocolate addict or a fruit junkie. I am a chocolate addict, and would rather have chocolate over any other desserts out there except maybe French fruit desserts such as charlotte, tarts and clafoutis.  AAah those clafoutis…I can still picture my mom making them on Sundays. See.. In France Sunday often equates lavish lunches and yummy teas in the afternoon. If we had nothing planned, mom would spend her morning making sumptuous cakes, but if she only had a limited time she would make easy desserts such as tarts, meringues, and clafoutis. And we would gather as a family in the afternoon to eat those cakes…Where does time go?!?!

Clafoutis are easy desserts because they need only a few ingredients, they cook in a flash and you can add any fruit that you like. I had intended to fix a pear dessert for one of my cooking class, but when I found out that many people would be attending, I decided to make something easy, fast and yummy like a flan which made me think of a clafouti. It had been such a long time since I had eaten one.. In fact, I think that the last time I ate one was in France at least 10 years ago.

There are many recipes out there, but this one is one that my mom used to make.

Ingredients for a larger cake or 12 cupcakes: 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 3 pears peeled and diced in a small cubes.

In a bowl, add the eggs, the sugar, the flour and the vanilla and beat well to mix. Fill up the fluted cupcakes tray or the daisy mold with the pear to half their capacity. Then pour the dough over the pear to almost the top of each cupcakes. Sprinkle some granulated sugar over the top of the cake and cook at 400 for 15 minutes for the little cupcakes, and 30 minutes for a cake.

This cake can be eaten warm right out of the oven, or cold. You may drizzle warm chocolate over the clafouti for added flavors, add a scoop of ice-cream or eat it as it. Yum!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!