Bake Someone Happy !
Have you ever had one of those days, where you’ve gotten home from work all beaten, craving for some comfort food to right the wrongs of the world?
Too much work to bake a cake, a cold pudding wouldn’t cut it, ditto an impersonal bar of chocolate – what to do, what to do?
The good news is there is a sweet (dare I say, almost healthy) French dessert which addresses the day’s shortcomings. Best of all, the recipe is fuss-free, and the plus is that all ingredients (bar the fruit) are blitzed in your blender, thus lending a satisfying channel to release pent-up tensions.
The French call this baked treat a flaugnarde, (a.k.a. the dark cousin of the clafoutis).
While you can use any pitted fruit (plums, prunes, nectarines, apricots) or berries (blue, rasp, black, cran), grapes are an alternative.
The offspring all love the sweet, crunchy goodness of Autum Royal seedless grapes. I love the deep purple oval globes for that pop of colour in salads. This dessert is a way to get you on your 5-A-Day (hence almost healthy, heh!).
You will need:
A tiny bit of butterGrapes1/4 cup of all purpose flour1/4 cup of sugar2/3 cup of full cream milk1 large egg1/2 tbsp of vanilla essencepinch of salt
Pre-heat your oven to 218 ° C.
Prepare your baking dish (you could use a ramekin, glass baking dish, anything oven-safe). I used two 6-inched ramekins which were lightly buttered. The baking dish that you choose needn’t be too deep; the batter should be able to just about submerge the fruit. The flaugnarde will be an organic, slightly bubbling mass to watch baking – but the absence of baking powder means your batter shouldn’t be spectacularly volcanic.
Wash the grapes and let them drain. Then pour them (in a single layer) into the ramekin.
Bung everything else (egg, flour, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla essence) into the blender and blitz for about a minute.
Pour your batter over the fruit, then give the ramekins a slight shake to make sure the batter is evenly coating all the grapes. Then bung the ramekins into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Hugs the heart when eaten warm.
Postscript: I made two. Yes. It was that kind of day.