Food friends, I owe you a recipe!
I forgot to show you how to make dessert at my French lunch
Dearest food friends,
Here is the recipe for the faux-clafoutis I served at the French lunch (and here’s a photo of it again so that you know what I am talking about. It’s quite easy, though one could make it more complicated.
My French lunch guests were coming over soon when I realized I hadn’t figured out what to give them for dessert. I did something quick.
A clafoutis is a baked dish, usually a custard dish, with fruit in it. I didn’t bake to get that gorgeous dessert above.
Faux Clafoutis aux Prunes (or in English, a plum custard)
4 plums, sliced.
4 cups of whole milk
2 packets of instant vanilla custard
1/4 cup of hazelnut syrup (available in many grocery stores, also good for coffee drinks)
Combine the milk, cinnamon, hazelnut syrup and custard mix.
Stir in the sliced plums.
Let it set, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Voilà! That’s all there is to it.
Let me tell you, plenty of French hostesses make things quickly in a similar manner. There is another traditional recipe that involves baking a custard with plums in it, and it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to make. That was, I confess, my original plan, but the dog had gotten out of the yard into the neighbor’s garden. I had gotten distracted. I did this instead.
By the time my guests came over, I was made up, pearls draped over my throat, and I was wearing an elegant long dress, ready to pour them champagne cocktails. No one was the wiser — until you, my food friends.
May your dogs stay in the yard, and may your nail polish never chip.