The aroma of baked apple, sweet custard, and cinnamon perfumes the air about forty minutes after this apple flan / clafouti goes into the oven. Easy to make, forgiving for beginning cooks, and appreciated by everyone. I have tried many varieties from the sourest green to the sweetest, mushiest red and have yet to find a variety that does not work. Apples pictured here are red delicious, granny smith, golden delicious, and honey crisp – all organic.
Recently I went back to my original source, Francoise Bernard’s Les Recette Facile, and compared her version with mine. I have rationalized her metric measures, kept the basic ratio for milk and eggs, and significantly reduced the sugar. Probably because French sour cherries are really sour and American apples are sort of sweet. English translations of her recipes were most recently published in 2010 and can be found at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisine-Everyday-French-Home-Cooking/dp/0847835014
FOR 4 SERVINGS
300 grams apples, 2 medium cored, trimmed & sliced or about 2 generous 2 cups
50 grams flour, about. 7 tablespoons
50 grams sugar, 1/4 cup
300 ml milk, about 1 1/4 cup
15 grams butter, 1 tablespoon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
USING THE SCALE
Pre-heat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Weigh out or measure sugar, flour, milk, and butter. Wash, quarter, remove seeds and cores from apples. Slice in a food processor using the thin slicing blade. Leaving the skins on adds flavor, fiber, and other good things, so whenever possible use organic apple. Combine flour, milk, eggs, cinnamon, pinch of salt, and sugar to make a thin batter. Place sliced apples in baking dish and push them down. Pour the batter over the sliced apples and distribute remaining butter on top. Cover the dish and bake for about 50 minutes or until, an internal temperature 85° C / 185° F. After about 40 minutes, the aroma of baked apple and sweet custard lets you know baking is almost done. Serve hot, tepid, or cold. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon.
Per Serving: Calories 270, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 4g, Sodium 115mg, Carbohydrate 42g, Fiber 4g, Sugars 29g, Protein 7g