Wild Plum Clafoutis; the update

Nothing like slapping a coat of paint on the house to really tart things up!

House-front-paint

And make all the other stuff look tacky and dirty.

House-paint
I wonder….. should I paint the cow trough in front?

The last wall was done today.

House-side
You can see our painter hiding in the fig trees….

House-side-2

He still has a few bits to tidy up tomorrow.

Mon mari is starting on the shutters and we’re still debating over how to handle the stones… I think we should clean them; he thinks we should paint them.

As I won’t be actually doing either task I’m arguing from a rather weak position.

Sigh….

I can always resort to bribery.

When I was out inspecting the house I decided to inspect my little woods as well.

I found two wild plum trees chock-a-block with little, tiny plums.

When life gives one plums….

Make a Clafoutis!

Wild-Plum-ClafoutisWild Plum Clafoutis

3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups small plums, cherries, or other stone fruit, stones removed
1 tbs soft butter


Butter the bottom and sides of a 10 in. (25cm) quiche dish or deep pie plate.  Spread the fruit, cut side up,evenly on the bottom.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Add the milk and melted butter and whisk lightly.  Add the flour and whisk very lightly.  Do not try to get the lumps out, just combine it.  Pour the batter over the fruit and bake, 400F (200C) 30-40 minutes. It should be lightly browned and almost completely set in the middle.

Let sit 10 – 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve warm, at room temperature or cold.

Wild-Plum-Clafoutis-Slice

Note: It’s easier to put the baking dish on a baking tray before you pour the batter over. It’s easier to handle and if you spill it’s on the tray! The center will just barely jiggle when it’s done.

Note 2:  This is like a popover batter… If you whisk it too vigorously or too well (as in getting the lumps out) you may make the batter tough, rather than tender.

Note 3: A proper French housewife would be making her clafoutis with cherries, not plums, and would not remove the stones

I’m thinking the little yellow plums may be Mirabelle’s.  That would make me very lucky – and thankful to whatever bird dropped the seed all those long years ago.

13 thoughts on “Wild Plum Clafoutis; the update”

  1. Love the color of the house – warm and inviting! I’ve been thinking of clafoutis, too, but keep getting sidetracked. I know where there is a similar tree here that no one is harvesting so the fruit falls in the street for gleaners like me.

  2. A very lovely recipe. Mirabelles are to be cherished; I’ve *only* had the preserves. Your villa is looking more and more grand. I’d opt for cleaning the stones, too, but perhaps another assessment can be made after that.

  3. It looks wonderful! Both the house and the clafoutis – mmmm, wild plums!
    I vote (if I get a vote) for NOT painting the trough. I love the way it looks against the house.

  4. I think that different materials require different colors. But even if the stones are painted, they should be cleaned first. Why not go for cleaning and then wait a month to see how you like it?

  5. The color is great! Glad Vern is doing a super job. When can we see the new puppies? Love, Nan

  6. Gorgeous home… love the new paint and I think I’m agreeing with your husband to leave the stones as they are. It makes a beautiful transition. As for the Clafoutis – looks delicious. Nothing is better than picking fresh fruit. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Zoomie, thanks – we’re very happy with it. Clafoutis is so easy – don’t know why I don’t make it more often.
    Susan, I couldn’t believe it when I found the tree. Lucky, indeed! I think we’re going to leave the stones – cleaned but not painted.
    Elizabeth, white I think – with flowers on it ;-))
    Tikipundit, I think that’s the plan… most people leave them natural.
    Emiglia, I’ve never made the traditional cherry – maybe next year!
    manningroad, just a little – they stepped in the paint for the trim ‘-))
    Ina, very lucky!
    Zoomie, some flowers and vines, maybe…
    Nan, he did a great job! It was so nice having him here! Puppies are posted, growing fast.
    Stacy, thanks! The stones stay as is (so far). Love eating the fruit right off the tree.

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