Are you wanting to replicate a mouthwatering meal that you enjoyed here at Inn at Riverbend? Maybe you haven’t been able to make it to our Pearisburg inn but you’d still like to try out one of our recipes. Or maybe you’re just in need of a tasty treat to serve your incoming family in friends. Whatever the case may be, enjoy this Riverbend recipe for Apple Clafouti:
• 2 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4"-thick slices
• 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 large egg
• egg white of one egg
• 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
• Powdered sugar as needed
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Place apples, butter and lemon juice in small skillet over medium heat. Cover and cook about 5 minutes, or until apples are not quite soft. Remove and set aside.
3. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through egg white). Stir until moist.
4. Melt butter in 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/3 of the batter into pan, and tilt to spread evenly. Bake at 425° for 4 minutes or until pancake is set.
5. Arrange apple slices on top and drizzle pan juices over apples. Spread remaining batter and bake 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.
6. Cut into portions and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve.
Trivia: “Clafouti” (also spelled “clafoutis”) is a “rustic French baked dessert made by baking cherries in a custard-like batter similar to pancake batter. Traditionally, a clafoutis is specifically made with black cherries, although many clafoutis variations include other fruits” (culinaryarts.com).
Photo by Sunny Ripert [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons