Cranberry Walnut Clafoutis; dealing with the obtuse

I’ve posted this before – but ’tis the season and all so I thought I’d do it again.

For anyone looking for a quick, easy holiday dessert this is it….

As everyone knows, I don’t do pie crusts, therefor no pies, specifically, no pumpkin pie.

I prefer fruit, anyway and I love cranberries. I did a cranberry cheesecake one year that I loved, but that involved work.

This is so easy it almost just falls together and makes itself.

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.

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Cranberry Walnut Clafoutis

A clafoutis is a simple batter, poured over fruit. Very easy!
In summer I do it over peaches or plums. 

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts


  • 2 cups cranberries, cut in half
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbs butter


  • 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.


It’s best to put the baking dish on a sheet pan in case it bubbles over

Keywords: clafoutis, cranberries, walnuts

Cranberry Walnut Clafoutis

I had a disagreement with my American bank a few years ago.

It’s common (for those who don’t know) to have a line of credit for over-draft protection. One could consider this a protection for people who lack basic math skills or one could consider that it’s an easy short-term (or long-term) loan.

The numbers have been changed because it happened a long time ago and are unimportant anyway.

I had a credit line of $500. I had used it all so my remaining credit line was $0.

I made a deposit of $600 and used $500 to pay off my credit line leaving $100 in my checking account.

I then had a credit line of $500 and $100 in my checking account.

Are you with me so far? I realize this is complicated….

I wrote out a check for $150.

The bank bounced the check and charged me $50 in overdraft fees.

I assumed it was just a hiccup in the updating software and called the bank, expecting them to apologize and refund the overdraft charge.

They said that they were right because I didn’t have sufficient funds in either my credit line or my account to cover the check.

I explained that I had deposited $600,

They agreed that I had done that.

Then I explained that I had transferred $500 to pay my credit line.

They agreed that I had done that.

Then I explained that, since my credit line had been paid, the funds were there to cover my check.

They said no, the money hadn’t arrived yet.

Then I said that, since it wasn’t in my credit line it must still be in my checking account, available to cover my check.

They said, no, it had left my checking account but not yet arrived at my credit line.

I asked where it was.

They didn’t know.

I said it had to be in one place or the other.

They said they didn’t know where it was.

After 20 minutes of this round-about conversation I asked to speak to the supervisor,

After 20 minutes of this same round-about conversation I asked to speak to the supervisor’s supervisor.

They finally got so irritated with me that they refunded the overdraft charge even though they were right and I was wrong.

I could not get anyone to comprehend the simple fact that the bank had my money, somewhere, therefore should not penalize me for attempting to use it

(Yes, I understand float and I know perfectly well where my money was and what it was doing – fine, but they shouldn’t charge me for it.)

Why am I telling you this story?

Because every time I see political posts / arguments it seems like people are doing the same thing:

They understand A and agree that if A is true then B is true

They understand B and agree that if B is true then C is true.

But they cannot make the leap to understand how A relates to C.

It’s like the right half of the brain has been severed from the left.

I’m done now.

6 thoughts on “Cranberry Walnut Clafoutis; dealing with the obtuse”

  1. Did I mention I’ve taken to watching Canada’s news so I don’t have to watch ours? Because I’ve had that same conversation with my bank and also understand the A/B/C…

    I love, love, love cranberries! Buy them by the bag fresh in season and toss the bag in the freezer so this one is a must make for me.

    • The very first year I saw cranberries here they were Ocean Spray, in the bag. I have not seen them since, The ones i buy are from Wisconsin, but from a supplier I’ve never heard of and come in little baskets of 8 oz. I usually buy the entire display, – all 8 baskets, which gives me 4 lbs to work with for the holidays. I buy more if / when I see them lol Cranberry bread (6 loaves) sauce, clafoutis, more sauce, cookies, etc.
      And people ask me what they are for lol
      Dried cranberries, however, are very popular here.
      Conversations with people who cannot connect the dots is sooooo frustrating.

    • Heidi, I’m not sure they would cook through if left whole. It really doesn’t take long to cut them in half, but you could very roughly chop them in a food processor. Next time I make it I’ll leave a few whole and see what happens 🙂

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