Fig Clafoutis – an indulgent way to use figs
This decadent Fig Clafoutis with Homemade Caramel Sauce is the latest figtastic creation Chef Sondra Bernstein of Sonoma’s acclaimed The Girl and the Fig restaurant is willing to share. We always welcome Sondra’s recipe, not just because they feature one of our favorite aphrodisiac ingredients but because her recipes are always easy to follow and simply decadent.
What is clafoutis?
If you’re into French desserts, you’re probably familiar with clafoutis. But you may not have tried making one yourself. It’s a great choice for a low-stress dessert. And it’s a good choice even for novice bakers.
Clafoutis is basically a dessert made of a batter–sort of like a pancake batter–poured over fruit. Because the batter is egg-rich, it puffs up over the fruit as it bakes. The result is an etherial, lightly sweet dessert.
Of course, like all desserts, the success of a clafoutis relies on the chemistry of baking. And for that reason, following the recipe closely is important. You need to measure your batter ingredients precisely. But also be sure to strain the batter as required in step 4 of the instructions. This ensures that your batter has the right texture. (Some bakers also recommend letting the clafoutis batter rest for about 30 minutes before pouring it over the fruit to allow the protein in the flour to relax.)
Topping with caramel sauce
Sondra tops her clafoutis with a drizzle of caramel sauce. If you find making caramel sauce too challenging, I can attest to the fact that this Fig Clafoutis is delicious even without the sauce. However, as I wrote in my aphrodisiac cookbook Eat Cake Naked, caramel sauce is one of the sexiest foods you can make.
This recipe makes a great introduction to the cooking technique of clafoutis. It is a simple and stress-free dessert for fig season.
- 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 1⅓ cups sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 6 tbsp Armagnac or brandy
- 8 large eggs
- 12 fresh figs halved (1 cup rehydrated dried figs, quartered, can be substituted)
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Butter a 9-inch cake pan and set aside.
- Sift together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
- Form a well and using a fork, mix in the milk, melted butter, Armagnac, and eggs.
- Beat until smooth and strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
- Place the figs face down in the cake pan and cover with the clafouti mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the clafouti comes out clean.
- Heat the sugar in a stainless-steel pan over medium-high heat and stir occasionally until the sugar turns brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, add the butter, and whisk until the butter has melted.
- Add the cream and continue to stir constantly until the cream is completely incorporated. (Makes about 1 cup)
- Slice the clafouti into 6 slices and transfer each slice to a plate.
- Drizzle each slice with the caramel sauce and dust with powdered sugar. (You can also warm the clafouti in a low oven before serving.)
Want more fabulously figgy recipes? Then check out Sondra Bernstein’s cookbook, Plats du Jour; the girl & the fig’s Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country
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