Dessert time! Although to be honest, even though clafoutis is originally a French dessert, I prefer this dish for breakfast. It has a lovely silky smooth, custardy texture. It is sweet, but not too sweet and because of all the eggs that go in this recipe, it actually makes quite a filling breakfast. Serve me a cup of coffee or tea and a slice of clafoutis in the morning and I'm good to go.
I have to say, though, just to set the record straight, even though clafoutis is made out of quite some eggs, it is not supposed to taste eggy. At all. If your clafoutis tastes or looks like scrambled eggs, then you did something wrong. I've found so many recipes on the internet baking clafoutis on insanely high temperatures or for way too long and I think it is such a shame. I've read blog posts saying it is supposed to taste slightly eggy or that the consistency should be like cake and every time it just makes me a little bit sad. I've read comments of disappointed home cooks saying they didn't like the recipes and would not try it again and I can't blame them. I'm convinced that there are so many people out there that do not like this dish because they've had one that tasted eggy. It's comparable to not liking salmon because you've only ever had the overcooked, dry version. To those people I would like to say, try this once more, please. Because a good clafoutis is actually really, really nice.
As a nice bonus, it is ridiculously easy to make. It's honestly just a matter of blending everything together, pouring the batter over some fruit and baking it at a low temperature in the oven for not even half an hour! The result is a slightly sweet, dense yet light, set custard with souffle-like, fluffy edges, that is so simple in its essence and so elegant at the same time. Clafoutis is delicious warm and cold so it can be made a few days in advance or supply you with breakfast/dessert for a few days. Also, because it can be whipped up in seconds, it's a personal favourite of mine to make as a dinner party dessert or as a quick, yet special breakfast. Might be a good idea for a romantic Valentine's breakfast? ;)
As an honourable mention, I would like to recommend Piece of Cake in Maastricht if you want to try a good clafoutis. I tried some sweets at this cake cafe on a weekend trip last summer and they had a delightful blueberry clafoutis on their summer menu. It's not available on their winter menu, but they surely have my vote to bring it back every summer.
One 27.5 x 18 cm brownie/cake pan, 8 - 10 pieces