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It sounds odd to say that a recipe's biggest problem is that it looks too good, but that's the case with this pear clafoutis, a crustless custard fruit tart that often looks a lot sweeter and richer than it actually is. Usually made with cherries, this rustic French dessert adapts easily to any kind of seasonal fruit. If desired, brush the top with warmed fruit preserves and honey and garnish with whipped cream, creme fraiche, or ice cream.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
1 10-inch clafoutis


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch baking dish generously with 1 tablespoon butter.

  • Whisk eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, milk, salt, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract, and flour together in a bowl.

  • Reserve 12 to 14 pear slices for topping; add remaining pear slices to the prepared baking dish. Pour egg custard mixture over pears in the baking dish and top with almonds. Shake and tap the dish gently on the countertop to let mixture settle. Lay reserved pear slices flat on top. Melt remaining butter and brush over pears. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon sugar.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden, fruit is soft, and custard is set, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature before serving, or serve chilled.

Chef's Notes:

You can make this sweeter with more sugar, or richer with some cream instead of all milk, but there's something to be said for those rare recipes that I would describe as just sweet enough. You can also use slivered almonds instead of sliced, if you'd like.

Taste whatever fruit you're using for sweetness, since you may want to adjust the sugar level based on that. Another key point, especially if you're using pears or apples, is to make sure you slice them thinly so they cook through by the time your custard is cooked.

As I mentioned you could cook the fruit first, but I'll leave that up to you. If you use the traditional cherries, or something like tender juicy berries, this will actually cook faster than the time given here, so I'd start checking for doneness after 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

218 calories; protein 6.1g; carbohydrates 28.3g; fat 9.2g; cholesterol 81.2mg; sodium 115.4mg. Full Nutrition