blackberry dessert

clafoutis aux mures

This is a blackberry dessert which in France is called 'Clafoutis aux mures' and is a very simple dessert for family meals. 

It has its origins in peasant cooking as the ingredients are very much what was in season and used accordingly. It is however a very tasty and 'so good for you' family dessert that you will want to make it time and time again.

It is usually made with cherries and is called Clafoutis aux Cerises but this one also very popular is made using blackberries.  It is also a very versatile dish and although cherries are traditional in France other fruits in season can be used for this dish with very good results such as pears, apples and plums.

We had been for a long lazy walk when we came across these gorgeous blackberries and we gathered them and took them home to make this great French dish.

Ingredients

• 3 cups blackberries , washed and stalks removed.

For The Batter

• 1¼ cups milk (275g, 6oz)

• 1/3 cup sugar (50g, 2oz)

• 3 fresh eggs

• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

• ½ cup flour (70g, 2 1/2oz)

• ¼ teaspoon pf salt

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 177°C, 350°F, Gas 3

• You can use a blender if preferred and if you choose this method, simply place all the ingredients for the batter in your blender on top speed for about one minute. 

• Otherwise, place your flour, sugar and salt into a bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time. I use a balloon whisk as it is much easier and there are never any lumps with using this great little tool. However, you can use a wooden spoon. Then gradually beat in the other liquids.

• Lightly butter an oven proof dish about  1 1/2 ins deep and place the blackberries in the dish. 

• Pour the batter mixture over the blackberries and place in the pre-heated oven.

• Bake for about one hour or until the flan is golden brown.

It will have risen and puffed up but will go down again so this is normal!

Serve warm with some powdered sugar sprinkled on it and if you are feeling very naughty, a little cream or creme fraiche too!

wonderfully warming and satisfying

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