Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grape Flognarde





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a peculiar fondness for clafoutis and flognards, probably because they are so easy to make. These  desserts  are associated with the provincial kitchens in the Limousin region of France. Both dessert are made with fruit which is covered with a custard-like batter, similar to the one used for pancakes. The type of fruit you use determines what the dessert will be called, so, if you make it with anything other than cherries it should be called a flognarde. These desserts have a texture that is a cross between a pudding and a cake. They are extremely easy to make and require no special equipment to prepare. If you have a whisk or large spoon, dessert can be on the table within an hour. In theory, any fruit can be used to make this treat, and because I had a large cluster of grapes that needed to be used, I decided to make a grape flognarde. It wasn't half bad and I enjoyed it enough to share the recipe with you. I plan to make this again in the fall when grapes are truly in season and packed with flavor. This, like all clafoutis and flognardes, is best eaten while still warm from the oven. I hope you will give this a try. I suspect you'll enjoy it. Here's how it is made.


Grape Flognarde...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 large egg yolk
1 large whole egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup 2 % milk, scalded and kept warm
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 pound small seedless red grapes, rinsed and dried
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Directions:

1) Adjust a rack to middle-third of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously butter or spray a 9-inch flan or cake pan. Set aside.
2) Combine sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl; beat at medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until eggs are thick and lemon colored. Add whole egg and mix to combine. Add butter, a tablespoon at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Add olive oil, a tablespoon at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour, salt, then milk and, finally, lemon and orange zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
3) Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle grapes over top of batter; press down lightly. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the batter sets and top is brown. Cool slightly. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.








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32 comments:

Hovkonditorn said...

I like this kind of desserts! Sounds good with grapes! Have a great day.

Andrea V said...

This looks gorgeous and delicious! :)

Coleens Recipes said...

I just love your unique recipes!!

Merisi in Vienna said...

This sounds and looks very tempting!
Wished I could scratch the screen and steal a bit of it.

Ratolinha said...

Oh... que maravilha de sobremesa, como sempre... Adoro tudo o que aqui coloca!
beijos

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks pretty! I never think of cooking or baking with grapes. I know they have a big advertising kick going on, but I always just see them as snack food-gotta rethink that:@)

Kim said...

I really like clafoutis, these are great light and refreshing desserts. I like it with grapes, its a great idea!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You just "whip up" the best things, Mary! And, make it sound so easy. ;) blessings to you ~ tanna

Ola said...

looks soooo delicious that I have to make one :)

Barbara said...

So funny, Mary. After making the cherry clafouti last year, I ran across the info re flognardes. So I just made a plum flognarde a couple weeks ago, but haven't posted it. Like the idea of grapes!

Jenn said...

I did not realize the difference between clafoutis and flognards.. thanks for the info! Whatever you call it, it looks fantastic! I can only imagine how delicious it was... warm and comforting! I'd probably want a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with it... YUM!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Interesting post! I never knew there was a difference between clafoutis and flognards — in fact I didn't know about flognards, I just called everything made in this style a clafoutis! We make a grape flognards often — really a good dish. Great, informative post - thanks!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I absolutely will give this a try - it looks wonderful.
Mary x

What's Baking?? said...

First thought came to mind..this is so pretty! Then the temptation sets in..oh my! Would love to sink my teeth into a piece! Great dessert, Mary, as always!

Nash Nordin said...

This dessert looks lovely! Thank you for sharing. Have a great day :)

Jeannie said...

That looks so absolutely delicious! I love grapes so I am going to love this!

Suzie said...

I have some wild grapes that might just work :) Though they are a bit sour and I have to wait a few months...lol! Very different recipe, you cook all kinds of interesting things Mary.

Priya said...

Mindblowing and super delicious grape flognarde.

Blond Duck said...

I've never seen that! How cool!

Erica said...

I love this kind of dessert, because can be eaten for breakfast, brunch or just as a dessert!Yours looks delicious,Mary!

Ginny said...

i have never heard the word flognarde, so I learned something today. it looks just lovely, very fancy as well.

Jenn Kendall said...

i have never used grapes in a dessert before! this sounds lovely!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Mary,
I am so happy that you found me on Moore or Less Cooking! I am your newest follower and love your grape Flagonard, I have to try your recipe, it sounds wonderful! Nettie

The Single Nester said...

I am more a savory kinda gal but this recipe has me intrigued.

David said...

Mary, I'd never heard of a clafoutis or a flognard before! Your grape flognard looks terrific. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Claudia said...

I've been wanting to make this for years. Somehow - I thought it was more complicated. Now that I know it's not - it will come to my table.

Dining Alone said...

I don't think I could pronounce it but I would love to try it! yum!

Susan said...

Hi, Mary!

Thank you for your kind comments. I've enjoyed your blog for a long time and have made some of your recipes, too!

This is truly a unique cake!

tender b. said...

This looks really good.

Joanne said...

grapes are the one fruit I never really bake with. I'm intrigued!

Banana Wonder said...

What a lovely cake-pudding pie. I love these kinds of desserts as well. I must make this sometime soon. Thanks for the recipe!

Banana Wonder said...

What a great recipe, Mary! love the grapey pudding pie action you got going on.. olive oil too!

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