In grade school, they had language classes before school. I was a nerd and I wanted to go. My mom really wanted me to take Spanish because she thought it would be more useful than French (she was right..I know that now). Since my nerd friends were all taking French, however, I took French.
I think I had 9-10 years of French education by the time I graduated high school. I even went to France with my Grannie when I was in 8th grade…because I knew more French than anyone else she would take. So, lucky me! I excelled at navigating the train and restaurant menus. Conversational French? Not so much.
When Mr. Prevention and I went back to Paris a few years ago, I officially knew very little French.None if you ask him. It was really sad and he teased me incessantly the entire trip. I can still identify a good handful of nouns…especially food items, days of the week, months, colors, etc. If you asked me to conjugate a verb, you’d get a blank stare.
Throughout my years of French “exposure” I was never introduced to clafoutis. In fact, I had no idea what a clafoutis even was — I just saved the recipe because it looked so good and the ingredient list was quite healthy for a dessert. Wikipedia describes a clafoutis as a “French dessert of black cherries arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. The clafoutis is dusted with powdered sugar and served lukewarm. When other kinds of fruit are used instead of cherries, the dish is properly called a flaugnarde.”
So I guess, technically, this is a flaugnarde as it is made with blueberries.
Speaking of blueberries…I had no idea I was moving to the blueberry mecca of the US! Southwest Michigan is serious about their blueberries. I love it.
On my 32 minute drive to work, I pass about 5 blueberry farms that I can see from the road. Most of them are open 8am t0 6pm daily which is super…and if I weren’t starving and missing Lily (Mr. P too just a little) after work most days, I’d want to pull over and pick blueberries each and every day. I wear my “cute shoes” and bring my “comfy shoes” each day for a reason, right? Getting stuck at work in heels that are causing pain by 9am can make for a very long day…having a plan B is very wise, I’ve learned after retiring my scrubs and gym shoes!
While I want to stop to blueberry pick after work, I haven’t…yet. But we did go over the weekend a few weeks back and my 2 pounds of organic blueberries ran me a whopping $4. This Chicago born and bred gets a serious kick out of picking her own produce, let me tell you.
With all of my beautiful berries, I quickly consulted my recipe archives as to what I should make first. A quick search of “blueberries” yielded 214 results. The first recipe title to catch me eye was this one with its funny name. I got to try a new dessert, reacquaint myself with my nonexistent French accent, and whip up this extremely waistline-friendly dessert that is perfect for summer and my picked-with-love, local, organic Michigan blueberries.
Lemon Blueberry Clafoutis from Fooddoodles
1 Tbsp butter + 2 Tbsp sugar to prepare pan for baking
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
pinch sea salt
3/4 cup nonfat milk
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
3 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Prepare a 12-inch cast iron skillet by rubbing with1 tablespoon butter and then sprinkling with 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and sugar. Add in the milk, flour, extract and lemon zest and mix well. Place the berries in the bottom of the prepared dish and pour the egg mixture over top. Bake 55-60 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving, or serve at room temperature.
Yield: 10 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 140 calories; 2.7 g. fat; 56 mg. cholesterol; 53 mg. sodium; 26.1 g. carbohydrate; 2.2 g. fiber; 2.8 g. protein
Result: Perfect for summer! This is a light dessert that comes together in 10 minutes or less and uses summer’s best berries. I love that this is whole wheat, low in calories and sodium, and packed with antioxidants and nutrition. As someone new to clafoutis, I’m a HUGE fan! Enjoy!
I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! I get to play hockey tonight with my new team…and hopefully score another goal! (I won’t hold my breath on that one, but at least it’ll be a killer workout).