Prune, Raisin & Apricot Clafoutis Infused with Green Tea

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6

    • Difficulty

      Medium

    • Ready in

      35 min

Appears in

French Countryside Cooking

French Countryside Cooking

By Daniel Galmiche

Published 2021

  • About

Ahh, clafoutis. This is a famous French recipe that my mother often made when she was young. Of course, the classic way would be with cherries, which remains a favourite, but because I love apricots, prunes and raisins, I have created this alternative. It’s infused with green tea, which lifts it a note higher and brings something new and fresh to the recipe. Make sure you use a high-quality green tea to get the best flavour.

Ingredients

  • 90 g/ oz soft dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 40 g/ oz soft raisins
  • 90 g/ oz soft prunes, roughly chopped
  • 40 g/ oz soft dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 1 green tea bag, plus 1 tbsp loose green tea
  • 280 ml/ fl oz/generous 1 cup full-fat milk
  • 60 g/ oz unsalted butter, half softened and half melted
  • 90 g/ oz caster (superfine) sugar
  • 80 g/ oz/generous ½ cup plain (all-purpose) flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks

    Method

    1. Put the dried fruits into a bowl with the green tea bag. Just cover with warm water and leave for a good hour or two so the fruits soak well. Add the loose green tea to the milk and leave to infuse while you make the clafoutis mixture.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
    3. Strain the fruits, which should be nice and plump. Set aside. Discard the liquid and the tea bag.
    4. Grease a 24 x16 x 6cm (9½ x 6⅓ x 2⅓in) baking dish or clafoutis dish (an oval earthenware dish) or 6 individual ramekins with the softened butter and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Carefully shake the sugar around the dish or dishes to make sure it coats the inside.
    5. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolks and remaining sugar, then slowly add this to the flour and mix until incorporated, silky and smooth.
    6. Strain the green tea-infused milk through a sieve (strainer) and slowly add to the mixture, stirring until the batter has the consistency of a crepe mix. Add the melted butter and mix until combined.
    7. Tip the fruits into the baking dish or clafoutis dish, or divide among the individual ramekins. Spread out evenly, then carefully pour over the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until set and golden brown, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and serve.