There comes a point toward the end of summertime when the temperatures are high and motivation to do anything at all is super low. Kids are relishing in their last days of freedom, and adults are savoring the long afternoons and warm nights while they last. On days like this, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up a complicated dessert? If anyone understands the mysterious je ne sais quois of summer’s final days, it’s the French.
A traditional cake invented in Limousin, France, clafoutis (kla-foo-TEE) is a tender custard dessert traditionally made with cherries. These days, however, it’s the perfect base for any late summer bounty. Our favorite version uses juicy plums and sliced almonds and is as simple as pouring batter over the fruit and dusting with confectioners’ sugar — leaving you plenty of time to fix your beret, gaze at the sunset and wax poetic about that long lost love. (more…)