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Clafoutis "Marie-Antoinette"

Clafoutis "Marie-Antoinette"
This "Marie-Antoinette" clafoutis is a lighter version of the traditional fruit-in-batter baked dessert, almost a soufflé, with apples and lemon.

The apples are sautéed in butter and Calvados, then combined with a lemon-flavoured confectioner's custard, lightened with raw meringue.

This mixture is then baked rapidly in the oven.

The result is a very light and delicate dessert with a harmonious blend of apple and lemon flavours.
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Last modified on: November 1st 2017

For 6 people, you will need:

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Keeping: Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film. Reheats very well..
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Stage 1 - 30 min.
Clafoutis "Marie-Antoinette" : Photo of step #1
Prepare 350 g Lemon Confectioner's Custard.

When done, cover the custard, stand the pan in cold water and leave to cool.

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Clafoutis "Marie-Antoinette" : Photo of step #2
Peel 6 apples and cut into small pieces.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Pour 30 g Clarified butter into a large frying pan on high heat. When hot, add the apples and 2 tablespoons caster sugar.

Sauté the apples until they soften, but without browning.

You can flambé them with 3 tablespoons Calvados (apple liqueur) if you wish, but this is not essential.

Set aside.

Stage 4 - 4 min.
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Beat 90 g egg white to the "stiff peak" stage, adding 75 g caster sugar towards the end while still beating, to make the raw meringue mix.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Take a little of the meringue and add this to the lemon custard.

Mix in with a soft spatula.

Stage 6 - 4 min.
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Then add this mixture to the rest of the meringue and fold in gently until evenly mixed and light.

Note:Mixing in 2 stages like this helps to combine the two different textures of the meringue and confectioner's custard.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
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Add the apple pieces and mix again gently.

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Put the mixture into a buttered gratin dish and bake for about 10 minutes.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
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After 5 minutes, sprinkle the top with caster sugar and change your oven setting to "grill" (broiler) to brown the top (if your grill is separate, leave the dish in the oven for a couple of minutes longer, then brown briefly under the grill).


Use eating apples, rather than tart cooking apples for this, as the lemon in the confectioner's custard already adds a note of acidity.

You will notice that the cooking time is very short - just 10 minutes - 5 minutes of which are under the grill. The clafoutis only really needs to be heated through and the top browned.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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