Pear Clafouti

Clafouti may be the world’s easiest baked dessert! Although it takes just minutes to prep for the oven, this scrumptious fruit custard makes an elegant and unexpected finale. Add a dollop of whipped cream to reach the height of decadence.


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1 1/4 cups buttermilk
6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Pear liqueur
1 lemon, zested
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour
4–5 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and sliced*
Powdered sugar, for dusting
Freshly whipped cream, as accompaniment
* Choose ripe but firm pears for this clafouti; overripe fruit will become mushy when baked.

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Set an ovenproof baking dish in the oven for several minutes to preheat.
  2. Combine the buttermilk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, pear brandy, lemon zest, and salt in a blender and process until well mixed.
  3. Add the flour and process until well combined—about 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the pre-heated dish from the oven. Quickly arrange the pear slices into an attractive design in the bottom of the dish, taking care not to burn your fingers.
  5. Gently pour the batter over the fruit.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top browns too fast, loosely cover it with a piece of aluminum foil.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately, adding whipped cream if desired.
Preparation Time: 
About 45 minutes