But what is Autumn without Apples. It simply isn’t. Not without cinnamon, and warm spices to go along with it.
So many varieties so many different flavors and very very many sweet ways of taking Autumn apples and turning them into even more heavenly creations.
It’s only fitting today we share this simple and yummy yet wholesome-ish Apple Clafoutis inspired by the Sweet Laurel Cookbook on a crisp morning that is very symbolic of how summer is certainly nearing its end. And it’s fitting we share this as a throwback recipe since I technically made it at the end of winter/very beginning of spring months ago, when I still had a bag a frozen apples from fall picking. So instead of pie, I said these slightly dated sliced apples would have to make my 2nd attempt at a classic clafoutis a success!
A Clafoutis is a simple traditional dessert, one of those signature French traditional bakery delights often referred to as a cross between a flan and a pancake. It’s never overly cakey neither crowded with fruit, there should be just the right balance of each. But in turn its texture is more comparable of a baked Dutch pancake or flan filled with lots of fresh seasonal fruit.
Similar to pudding, clafoutis is a very easy dessert to make and always impresses. The sheer sight of beautiful baked fruits sparkling in golden toasted sugar crust is surely to draw anyone’s eye, and stomach in. This Clafoutis is hearty enough even to serve for breakfast, afternoon tea snack or on its own of course!
Since the availability of fresh fruits during Autumn, especially for those of us on the east coast us limited, I’m always on a mission to get creative with how I eat the seasonal staples. The farm picked apples, the pears, maybe you still have the plums or perhaps you’ve spotted some oranges already….I mean Pie will forever be Pie. Irreplaceable. But there is a beauty about these autumnal fruits, that they can be baked a million plus ways and be as delicious as however its used.
I love my classic apple pie, as well as the salted carmel, they’re most certainly top five all time faves, but there is something about a simple cake I do enjoy too. A soft moist fluffy cake meant not to be covered in buttery sugary frosting, no way!! Instead meant to be savored for every bit as an afternoon treat with tea or coffee after dinner. The best part of these simple go to, almost pound like cake recipes, is that they work with any flavoring, chocolate or warm spices, or fruits and veggies too, like zucchini and of course Apples in Autumn.
For this Apple Clafoutis recipe I went slightly heavy handed with the apple, well because that’s just me, but stick to the amount of fruit listed to achieve its true texture.
This my not be a pie – the seasonal perfection of baked fruit – BUT it is an effortless wholesome easy cake to bake up whenever you’re in the mood for home baked coziness. It has already become a staple for Autumn and has already also inspired new Apple desserts I can’t wait to be baked up the rest of this year 🙂