Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mini black cherry (almost dairy-free) clafoutis and Happy New Year

I was first introduced to the clafoutis back in Australia when Hubs and I just moved in together. Having never tasted it myself back then, Hubs used to rave about his mum’s clafoutis aux cerises (cherry clafoutis) until I could almost smell it baking in the oven. As it was just the beginning of our relationship, I wasn’t quite ready to ask my ‘potential mother-in-law’ for her clafoutis recipe, so I went on the hunt for my own.

8 years later, I don’t hear Hubs going on about his mum’s clafoutis anymore (as good as it is)! Hehe!

Anyway, as Hubs is now dairy-intolerant, I had to adapt the original recipe to an almost dairy-free recipe (except for the butter for greasing!). I was a bit unsure of how it would turn out using a ‘soya cream’ but I didn’t hear any complaints from Hubs.

This super-easy-1-bowl recipe is adapted from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics 2. I usually just make one huge clafoutis but as we now have a mini-fridge, I had to make mini-clafoutis as it’s easier to store the leftovers.
This is what I used:

Butter for greasing
Caster sugar for dusting
1 can (425g) pitted black cherries (drained)
1/3 cup plain flour
1/3 cup caster sugar
2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract (I added more vanilla extract to hide the “soya” taste in the batter! The original recipe only uses 1 teaspoon)
1 cup dairy-free (soya) cream or single cream
3 eggs

The original recipe suggests preheating the oven to 180C but I found that was too hot and so preheated to 150C.

Grease an 8 cup capacity ovenproof dish with butter, and dust with sugar to prevent sticking. I used a muffin pan (holds 18) to make the mini-clafoutis.

Put the flour, sugar, vanilla and cream in a bowl and whisk. Add the eggs and whisk till smooth.

Pour the batter into the muffin tray then add the cherries. Or you could add the cherries first then pour the batter over (original recipe).

Bake for 35-40 mins and voila, easy-peasy clafoutis for a cold winter’s evening.

Dust with sugar and serve.

Happy New Year!


  1. ooh, such gorgeous little clafoutis!! I love the use of the black cherries in them - yum!!

  2. What a wonderful wife you are to make your husband something that makes him happy and making it dairy-free, too.

    Hope you had a great Christmas and best wishes for a happy New Year (with less stress than '07!).

  3. I think it's very sweet of you to learn the recipe for your husband, and as time and care will demonstrate, it's inevitable he'll love it too! :)

    And an almost lactose-free recipe... I can pass this to my friend Nisa to make for our friend Jason who's lactose-intolerant too. When we're a bunch of singles living in the city, no one's gonna look after our diets if not ourselves. :)

    Have a fantabulous New Year! :D

  4. Happy New Year!

    I'm glad you said the soy version works! I've been eyeing this recipe for a while but too much dairy so I hadn't tried it yet. I will now!

  5. I don't think I have tried clafoutis before :O

    But they look and sound so good indeed....and esp when they are minis, I can try so many of them :)

    Happy 2008!

  6. They are lovely in this shape. Sinces first time that I had clafoutis my husband became addict :)
    Happy new year for you too

  7. Woohoo! We're back in the kitchen!

    A very Happy New Year to you in your new home.

  8. Never had clafoutis before but yours sure look delicious.

    All the best in this New Year!

  9. It's great that you were able to adapt the recipe to be almost dairy free.

    I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas and a great start to the new year.


  10. they look yummy and are definitely simple :)

  11. my first time experience with clafoutis dates back long long time ago when my mom-in-law cooked one for me..i really love clafoutis in his family its always only with cherry..i try to use other fruits from time to time..i like the idea of doing mini-clafoutis, it gives a new touch to this classic recipe :-)

  12. Hey, it's nice to see you food bloggin' again, Wokandspoon. That looks doable and delicious to boot. ;-)

  13. Oh, did you mean 'grease with butter and dust with sugar or flour' to prevent sticking?
    I can smell the vanilla & cherries already... mmm.

  14. Wow, looks good. I will brave myself to try this day! Just like it took me more than 8 years to try this fruit cake recipe I have!

  15. Happy New Year to you!!

    This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. But don't think I can do it! :)

  16. these are a beauty! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love yours and have been a silent reader for some time.
    Soya cream? that's the first I heard. Where do u get it from? My FFIL is lactose intolerent as well and it would be nice for him to try something like that....

  17. Welcome back,it is time for cooking and baking again,yea,your clafoutis look so delicious, I can smell it from here, smells so nice ;)

  18. What sweet little things these clafoutis' are and you are such a devoted wife!
    Here's wishing you two love birds a wonderful 2008 filled with Love, happiness, good health and prosperity!

  19. Veggiegirl: Hiya, thanks for dropping by!

    Lynn: I’m not really a wonderful wife, just didn’t want to feel guilty eating it all by myself if he couldn’t have any! ;-) Yep – I’m hoping this year will be cruisy as well! Hope your year goes well too!

    Kenny: Your friend could make the recipe completely lactose-free by using oil to grease the muffin pan or baking dish. Have a great year too.

    WanderingC: The soy version is almost the same as the dairy version, but dairy always tastes better!

    Tigerfish: Try them! Happy 2008 to you too.

    Retno: Happy New Year to you too!

    Sylvia: Me too – I love clafoutis. Hope you have a good year.

    Singairishgirl: Hope you have a good year too.

    LittleCornerofMine: Same to you.

    Nora: Hope you have a great year too.

    Nags: They’re very yummy!

    Dhanggit: My mum-in-law makes here with cherry too. I’ve also tried using plum which is quite nice.

    Argus: Hiya! I usually just dust with sugar and skip the flour – I’m lazy that way!

    Judy: Hehe – it took me a while to try this recipe as well!

    Wenching&Esiong: Hope you have a good year too! Try the recipe – it’s quite simple.

    Daphne: I’ve been checking out your blog for a while too! I got this soya cream from the health food store – it doesn’t taste too bad!

    Everything4Sweets: Thanks! Hope you have a good year!

    BigBoysOven: It’s my kind of recipe – quick and simple! ;-)

    Ohfortheloveoffood: Thanks! Hope you have a great 2008 too!

  20. Happy new year to you as well!! Thanks for stopping by the blog and please visit more frequently (of course this means I need to blog a lil more and I will:o)

  21. Happy New Year !

    That looks delicious.

    My MIL always bake a cherry clafoutis using the cherries from her garden every year. :) We never get tired of eating it. It's so yummy.

  22. This looks so delicious. I am looking forward more posts from you!

  23. I've never heard of clafoutis before.

  24. These look so nice! I'm going to try and make these :) Might try and use raspberries in mine since I have them at home. Hopefully they'll turn out like yours!

  25. I love mini anything! haha!
    Happy New Year to you and your family, my blogger friend! :)

  26. Anuzi: I will most definitely visit more and I need to blog more too!

    CookingNinja: oh yum – home-grown cherries! That sure beats canned cherries.

    Sorina: Thanks for stopping by!

    Cynthia: Neither had I before I met my Hubs.

    MyLittleCornerStore: Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how your raspberry clafoutis turns out.

    EastMeetsWestKitchen: Hope your year is going well!


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