Cranberry Clafoutis

One more dish for Thanksgiving…

I originally posted this 3 years ago – but for anyone looking for a quick, easy holiday dessert this is it.

As everyone knows, I don’t do pie crusts, therefor no pies. But I’m very inventive at finding easy substitutions.

A word of warning about this clafoutis: cranberries are tart, so this is a tart dessert.  I love it as is, but most people would like a bit of sweetened whip cream.

A clafoutis is a simple batter, poured over fruit. Very easy!

Cranberry Clafoutis 

Total time: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbs butter

Cranberry Clafoutis


  • Cut the cranberries in half. 
  • Roughly chop the walnuts. 

  • Butter a glass baking dish, quiche pan or deep pie plate, (or even a round metal cake pan) 10 in. (25cm) in diameter. 
  • Take 1 tbs of the sugar and sprinkle it over the butter, shaking the dish to distribute evenly.
  • Combine the cranberries and walnuts and spread in dish.
  • Whisk the eggs until they turn lighter in color, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and whisk until well combined. 
  • Add the flour and whisk well.
  • Add the milk and vanilla.  Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the batter over the cranberries and bake, 425F (210C) 30-35 minutes. It should have a lovely brown crust and be set in the middle.
  • Let sit 10 – 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Okay, one more… my favorite Ginger Cranberry Sauce.

When we lived in Andorra we used to walk in the mountains every Monday. The age range of our group of walkers was from 30 to 80.

One of the older walkers was Ernst, a 75 year old Dutchman. He was a slow and steady walker.  I hated to get behind him on a path as there was normally no room to pass and I preferred a faster pace.  On the other hand, he was a fascinating guy and always had greater stories to tell anyone walking near him.

One of our early walks was to a lake.  We had to go over a very high pass to get to it and it was a very steep climb over rocks and shale.

Some of us had paused to catch our breath about 50 meters from the top.  As we sat there, panting and gasping, Ernst walks by, not even breathing hard.  He looked at us and said:”You young people must learn to pace yourselves.”  He continued on up and over the pass without a pause.

I still haven’t learned that lesson.

I still try to accomplish too much every day.

I still always think that I can do ‘just one more thing’.

I still am catching my breath, looking at the top.

But I did take the time to go to the Chocolate Fair on Saturday…..

One must establish some priorities, after all.

7 thoughts on “Cranberry Clafoutis”

  1. I adore that clafoutis but as we only get cranberries in tins or frozen I may never get to experience it !! I also probably will never get to experience a Chocolate Fair although that is probably a good thing for the waistline. I will just have to live vicariously after reading your blog !!

  2. Just curious but where do you find cranberries here? I’ve looked at our Super U and at the Biocoop and so far no luck 🙁 Any and all suggestions would be welcome.

  3. Katie,
    I don’t know about a chocolate fair, but yesterday we paid a visit to the Theo Chocolate factory in Seattle. That was dessert after a great lunch at A breakthrough local restaurant. The chocolate was free as there were lots of samples. yum!
    Today we’re off to BC to see what we can see.

  4. Wooo Katie bar the door, I’m on my way out for cranberries. Cranberry Clafoutis! That’s going on my table tonight!
    Pace yourself, yes, that’s a difficult lesson. Hiking mountains I think is a teacher.

  5. I’m glad to hear your desire to accomplish didn’t swamp the chocolate fair. I’m making chocolate truffles today to serve after Thanksgiving and through the holidays. Everyone loves them.

  6. manningroad, I made lots of plum and peach clafoutis all summer long. I love them and love how easy… Thankfully, the Chocolate Fair only happens once a year.
    Erin, not easy, but Carrefour some years, Auchan some years, and Grand Frais (hopefully, this year)
    Brass frog, that is even more fun when one is on holiday… but why are you leaving the warm south this time of year?
    Tanna, I never learned, I’ve always been a ‘hurry-up and wait’ type LOL
    Zoomie, some things are sacred… Truffles… need truffles….

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