Clafoutis with apple and walnuts
The other day I told you for my love of the cherry clafoutis, but the good thing with this easy dessert is that you can make it with any kind of fruit. Here I made an autumn version; clafoutis with apple and walnuts.
Clafoutis recipe with apple and walnut
Apple walnut clafoutis
A variation on the classic clafoutis. Originally, clafoutis is usually made with fresh cherries. This time I made a variant with apple slices and walnuts. So an apple-walnut clafoutis. For the observant; in the pictures you see pecans. You can use those instead of walnuts. I ran out of walnuts and used the pecan nuts instead. Of course this apple version is perfect for the apple season and in combination with the walnuts it makes this the perfect autumn clafoutis.
Basically, the clafoutis is a French pastry or breakfast that – as mentioned above – is normally made with cherries. I already made a cherry clafoutis once and I made a special version of clafoutis with white chocolate using a recipe from Masterchef Australia.
Breakfast or dessert
The question, of course, is a clafoutis a dessert or is it a breakfast? Personally, I always find this more akin to a fancy breakfast, rather than an actual dessert. But if you make the masterchef version then it’s a different story. That also takes much longer to make (but worth it, so check it out for a next level clafoutis dessert)
Which apples to use
To make the apple clafoutis I like to use apples that are not too sweet but not too sour either. It doesn’t actually make a lot of difference what you choose. All apples will work. I just like mine fresh and delicious. Usually an apple with a bit of a blush. I don’t like green or yellow apples. This apple recipe is very forgiving but good to know that the apples won’t soften all that much. So if you want them really soft it’s best to caramelize the apples before adding to the batter.
Making the clafoutis with apple
In order to make the recipe you need a baking dish or a large skillet and make sure to brush it well so the dessert will come out properly. Making the batter is as easy as just combining the ingredients and whipping it together in a large bowl. I used brown sugar here (you need about half a cup of sugar) and three large eggs. The milk I used is whole milk but if you prefer you can substitute for something like almond milk. That’s definitely a good option. To enhance the flavor you can add some vanilla extract or almond extract. I’ve used regular all purpose flour here, but you could also add a bit of almond flour. I love the taste of almond flour so definitely a good option.
You pour batter in the baking dish and you add the slices of apple to it. Add the walnuts and bake in the oven until golden brown. If you want it to be a bit fresher (also depending on the type of apples you use) you can add a bit of lemon zest to it. I always like to compare this recipe to an easy apple pie. Although it is maybe more like an apple pancake if you think of it. Serve the clafoutis with apple with maple syrup, caramel sauce or icing sugar. Or use a delicious whipping cream or vanilla ice cream.
Clafoutis with apple and walnuts
- 4 apples
- 2 large eggs + 1 yolk
- 1/2 cup blond cane sugar 100 gr
- 1 oz cornstarch 16 gr
- 1 oz all purpose flour 16 gr
- 7/8 cup whole milk cold (200 ml)
- 1 vanilla seeds removed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream 120 ml
- walnuts chopped
- ground cinnamon
- Preheat your oven at 180˚ C. (350˚F)
- Peel the apples and cut into cubes or slices whatever you feel is best for the oven dish you are using
- Beat the eggs and yolk with the sugar.
- Add the vanilla seeds and mix.
- Dilute the cornstarch in the cold milk.
- Add the flour and cornstarch to the previous preparation, with the cream. Mix well until homogeneous. Add ground cinnamon to your liking.
- Grease small ramekins (or a larger dish) and sprinkle with sugar. Remove the excess.
- Divide the apple and walnuts between them and pour the cream over.
- Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and place in the oven for 40 to 45 min, until golden. Remove. Eat lukewarm or cold.
- When ready to serve, you can sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.