Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blueberry and Nectarine Flougnarde

Since the northern hemisphere is experiencing spring right now, the flowers in Malaysia, our roses, are blooming too. Sooo beautiful. Anyways, I'm on a short holiday right now. Class starts back on the 18th. So what else I can do when I'm on a holiday other than baking? :D

We went to Jaya yesterday to buy some fruits. The only fruit that we normally buy from Jaya is the seedless grapes. But yesterday, we took home some nectarines too. After browsing through many websites, I finally decided to make this blueberry and nectarine flougnarde, adapting a recipe from here.

According to Wikipedia, the clafoutis comes from the Limousin region of France and while black cherries are traditional, there are numerous variations using other fruits. When other kinds of fruits are used instead of cherries, the dish is properly called a flaugnarde. 
This is my first time baking and eating flougnarde/clafoutis. Therefore, I didn't know what to expect. I have to agree to what Ann said that the texture is dense and light at the same time. It tastes pretty much like a pancake too. 

Ingredients :
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar - if you like it sweet, just add more sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
  • 200 ml fresh milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 nectarine
Method :

1. Preheat the oven to 200C and generously butter a 9-inch tart pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Incorporate the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. 
3. Mix in the butter and milk. Make sure there's no lump in the batter.
4. Cut the nectarine into 1/4-inch thick wedges. Scatter the nectarine wedges and blueberries onto the prepared pan. Gently pour the batter over the fruits.
5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, but firm on top. The center may be slightly wobbly but a tester inserted in the middle should come out clean.
You can serve this with some vanilla yogurt, ice cream or whipped cream. From what I read, flougnarde is a actually a dessert but can also be eaten as breakfast. To me, this would actually make the perfect breakfast.
p.s : I finally bought Little Big Planet 2. :D

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