Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pear Clafoutis



Clarice at Storybook Woods posted a recipe in her October 21 post for Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis. Yum! I decided that I needed to learn more about this exotic sounding food and see if I could find a way to create one that was completely plant-based and gluten free. Clafouti is a custard-like French dessert that is baked and made by adding fresh fruit to a light batter. It is baked in a casserole or stoneware baking dish. Traditionally it is made with cherries, like Clarice made hers. But other versions of this dish are common as well with apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, prunes, apples, cranberries, blueberries, or figs being used as the fruit ingredient. Most would call this dish made with fruits other than cherries clafloutis still, but technically I guess the name then would be flaugnarde, as purists insist that a clafloutis only contain cherries. Here is my version of this delightful dish --- made completely with plant-based foods and none containing gluten.

Pear Clafoutis

2/3 cup almonds, ground finely
2/3 cup brown sugar or Sucanat
2/3 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
dash of salt
4 Tbsp. silken tofu, blended until smooth
1 cup soy milk
6 pears, peeled and sliced

Prepare a casserole or stoneware baking dish by coating with a layer of olive oil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the ground almonds, brown sugar, rice flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix together until well blended.

In a blender, whiz the silken tofu until it's a smooth puree. Add a small amount of water if needed to make it blend easier.*

Add the blended silken tofu to the dry ingredients and begin stirring. Slowly add soymilk and mix until batter is blended. Layer sliced pears in baking dish, arranging them evenly. Gently pour the batter over the top of the fruit, making sure it covers well.

Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or cold. Delicious with soy ice cream or silk creamer on top.

*For ease in preparing the silken tofu, blend the entire box of tofu and then measure out the volume needed for the recipe. Place the rest in a small container and refrigerate until needed for another recipe. The silken tofu acts as a replacement for eggs in this recipe.

9 comments:

  1. I do love clafouti (cherry being my favorite). I've never made it with tofu before, but look forward to trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. I'll keep this one in mind next time I need a gluten free dessert for my extended family. It looks like my pear tart a little. Yummy.

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  3. Pear what? It really looks yummy! Now could I, just wondering, change some ingredients? Regular flour instead of the rice, yogurt instead of the tofu, and something else instead of the something else? Probably wouldn't work so well, right?

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  4. Sounds so yummy!!! Perfect on a cold fall day!

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  5. Hi La Tea Dah!!
    You can use and share whatever you find on my blog. No worries. The egg and mushroom recipe works well with canadian bacon, also. Love your genius level. I'm with you on the whole accuracy in 5 seconds flat :) I look at these as just some extra fun. Thanks for the heads on on the spam deal. I deleted that part of my code too...
    blessings.

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  6. Ohh this looks good La-Te-dah. I love the almonds in it. I will have to try it. Thank you Clarice

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  7. Sounds so yummy! Mmmmmm!

    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  8. Your recipe sounds so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  9. Ohhh, I can't wait to try this. Thanks for doing the leg work & research on the dessert. I've never heard of it before today. I so appreciate that this is a Vegan recipe-- looks wonderful!

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