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Comice Pear Clafoutis

Serves 6

Active Time
1 hr 5 mins

Total, including cooling Time
1 hr 20 mins

Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins

Somewhere between a custard and a pancake, you’ll find clafoutis. This version of the classic French dessert, made with slightly floral Comice pears, is best when the stem end of the pears yields slightly to the touch, signaling that the fruit is flavorful but neither hard nor squishy.


Photo: Victor Protasio
  Salted butter for the dish
 2 firm-ripe Comice pears (1 lb. total), peeled, cored, and sliced lengthwise about 1/3 in. thick
 1 cup whole milk
 3 large eggs
 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 1 teaspoon orange zest
 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
 1/2 cup flour
  Powdered sugar
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a shallow 3-qt. baking dish (about 10 by 11 in.) and arrange pears in an attractive pattern over the bottom. (Fruit will rise to the top as batter bakes.)

Step 2

Put milk, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, orange zest, nutmeg, salt, and flour (in this order) in a blender and whirl until very smooth and frothy, 1 minute. Pour batter over pears.

Step 3

Bake until clafoutis is well browned and a little puffed, about 50 minutes.

Step 4

Let clafoutis cool on a rack about 15 minutes. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 204Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.7g8%

Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 112mg38%
Sodium 122mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 36g12%

Dietary Fiber 2.5g10%
Protein 5.8g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.