You must know the clafoutis, a French fruit dessert that looks a little like a flan but is less thick. Today, I present to you the apple flognarde, a French regional dessert, sort of apple clafoutis that comes from the Limousin region, in the center of France.
You can bake your flognarde (also written flaugnarde) in an aluminium pie mould or a gratin dish. I chose to use a gratin dish to give a more rustic look but I think it will cook faster in a pie mould, as you wish.
The flognarde is very similar to a clafoutis apart from the butter that you won't find in the Limousin dessert, but it doesn't take off any of its yummy taste, another good reason to go for it and a piece of this "grandma" dessert.
--> French version: here
Apple Flognarde (French clafoutis)
Prep time : 10 minutes
Cook time : 30 to 45 minutes
For 6 pieces, you'll need:
- 4 tbsp flour
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- 25 cl (1 cup) milk
- 3 medium apples
- a little butter or oil to grease your mould/dish
- In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and the flour. Add the eggs, the vanilla and mix well enough to have an homogeneous preparation.
- Add the milk while mixing all the ingredients, you must obtain a dough similar to a French pancakes (crêpes) one, quite liquid. Set aside.
- Peel and slice the apples in chunks and pour them in the dough as one goes along.
- Grease a pie mould or a gratin dish so that you can cut pieces properly without breaking them.
- Pour the preparation in the mould/dish with a ladle and put in the oven preheated for 30 to 45 minutes at 180°c/350°F - I used a gratin dish and it took 45 min for the flognarde to be baked, it may be quicker with a pie aluminium mould. The flognarde is ready when the dough is not moving anymore in the dish, it can still be trembling but thick.
- Serve your dessert cold or just warm as you wish.