Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

6.01.2010

Gratitude, Nature and a Clafoutis ...

Clafoutis in park 2

June 4 Update: Much gratitude to FoodBuzz peeps for featuring my Clafoutis on Top 9!!

Gratitude: First of all, I want to thank you all for your warm wishes on the completion of two years of this blog. I am much gratified and humbled that many of you appreciate the photography on the site so much.

Photography is a fascinating subject and this blog has provided me the perfect learning medium and excuse to practise it. It has been a interesting learning experience for me and I would love to share the journey with you. I will try and include posts on how I shoot my pics and hope that you find it useful.

Also, I appreciate the feedback on content for my site and I will try and cater to your requests and interests. I will also announce the winner of the giveaway soonly!

Cherries in a bowl

Nature: The past weekend was a long one in honor of Memorial Day. Every year, so far, we have travelled out of the city for this weekend. Most always, we kicked off the camping season over these three days and this year, again, we toed the same line.

Since Mr. FSK's cousin is visiting us, this was an even more fun experience! The weather was perfect, temperatures just pleasant to cool, the company warming and location soothing. We camped in a camper cabin near Lake Placid in the Whiteface Mountain region. Three days of bliss and communion with nature, pristine beauty and some rugged white water fun! It was the perfect getaway before hectic summer!!

Back in the hot, sweltering city now, I wish, I could transport myself three days ago! :)

Cherry Clafoutis on table

Cherry Clafoutis: Not all is bad with the city, though! :) The park is blooming green and the weekend before the last, we had a wonderful picnic under shade-giving trees with a healthy spread of roast chicken salad with sundried tomatoes, red onions tossed in a spicy aioli, potato salad and this yummy, simple fresh clafoutis.

This was also another of the tackle-the-French-classics moments! Cherry Clafoutis has been on my list for a long while now. But, I only just managed to make it because cherries are, perhaps, THE favorite of Mr.FSK. Consequentially, I can rarely ever pry a few away from him to cook them into anything! Anyway, this time, I put my foot down; I had things to check off my list!

So, the clafoutis came to be. Subtle, light and perfect for the warm weather. And, since none of us are sugar addicts perfect fruit-sweet balance for us!

Cherry Clafoutis single

Side Note: Don't you just love the background of green in the photos?! That was the park. The photos were styled on a overturned picnic basket. That lovely green is just so inviting. I do wish, I had a backyard. I would take all my photos on a patch of green then!


Cherry Clafoutis
(adapted from Julia Child's recipe)
makes 3 three inch clafouti

1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 eggs
1.5 T granulated white sugar
scant 1/2 cup cream
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 T unsalted melted butter
pinch of teaspoon salt
handful of cherries for each ramekin, not pitted

Sift the dry ingredients together. Whisk together the cream, eggs, extract and butter. Add the wet to the dry and whisk to make a smooth batter.

Place the cherries in shallow ramekins and pour the batter over them not covering them completely. Bake at 425 F for 20 minutes or until the clafoutis is puffed, set, and golden brown around the edges. Serve immediately with a dusting of confectioners sugar.

** Do not open the oven door until the end of the baking time or it may collapse. **

Clafoutis in park 4

19 comments:

  1. Cherries look yum...awesome clicks as usual...!!

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  2. Ur photography is phenomenal! Now this tempts me to rush with baking some Clafoutis!

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  3. I got first cherries last week but ate them fresh in the end. They were surprisingly very sweet! But these clafoutis look divine. I'll give them a try with next batch of cherries. I love picnics in the park, it's the only way to to enjoy a bit of nature in the city. Sounds like your picnic was yummy! ;)

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  4. These little tarts look so delicious and wonderful.Beautiful presentation and clicks.

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  5. ce clafoutis me parait divin
    bravo pour la présentation
    bonne journée

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  6. How neat! I also posted 2 cherry recipes today. I love your post! Beautiful pictures!!

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  7. Congrates to 2 years. The Clafoutis looks lovely.

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  8. How fun to cook one of Julia's recipes. I really want to make this now. Great pictures as usual. I'm going to take your suggestion and starting doing more photography in the backyard.

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  9. Stunning pictures! Gosh, now I have this new urge to make a clafoutis immedietly!

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  10. I was so pleased to see that you opted to keep the cherry pit. It adds a delicate almond essence and it the mark of an excellent clafoutis in my opinion! GREG

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  11. Congrats for the second blog anniversary! Great pictures and contents :-) Looking forward to your upcoming posts, as always..

    Cherry clafoutis is delicate and scrumptious :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  12. Those cherry clafoutis are just gorgeous!

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  13. Lovely pies! I would not say no taking a bite :)

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  14. The clafoutis looks wonderful and the photographs are fabulous too. Love the refreshing colours!

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  15. I spent the afternoon sitting in our garden (yes we're lucky we do have one, after years living in London without) watching my little daughter playing in a splash pool in her cherry-motif swimsuit. So cherries have been on my mind! Your post is gorgeous and now I definitely do have to go buy some cherries...

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  16. Bravo on the two-year milestone and the lovely photos! I particularly love that deep green in the background.

    'Tis the season, I also wrote (a couple of days ago) about cherry clafoutis. It's such a natural thing to make here in France, that is, if you can keep from eating them! There is a nice version made with coconut milk that I very much like...if only cherry season lasted longer!

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  17. I like that you didn't pit the cherries. It adds a nice almond flavor to the dessert.

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  18. Asha, your photos are gorgeous and how I love cherry clafoutis! I'm just waiting for cherries to show up on the market.

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  19. yeah i love the green patch just as because you take great pictures... and your cherry clafoutis makes it lovelier!

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