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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farmers Market, much needed Chocolate, Book Review, and even a Recipe

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I have come to love being at home during the summer.  When I had The Daughter, it was November and cold.   With The Son, we get to go out all the time and explore.  A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to do a little field trip to a farmers market.  I was planning to quiz The Daughter on various produce.  We went to a local one not to far from my house.  I loved the produce available though I swear 4 of the vendors sold blueberries.  I love blueberries but I was hoping for more of a variety. 
Here are some of my booty I bought:
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Gorgeous Aren’t They?
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A little hand kept stealing one at a time
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They didn’t make it home
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The cherries actually did make it home. 
Now the second part of my title.  Well someone (The Daughter) decided to act up and pitch a fit in the middle of the market.  This is after a couple of days – ok weeks of temper tantrum so I decided to submerge myself into chocolate and French pastries.  I was also excited that I found a French bakery that is not 30 miles away.  So I got a sample of every mini pastry they had.  Yep, all of them. 
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I totally pigged out and now back to our regular scheduled program…..
Since The Daughter ate all of the blueberries and the cherries was so pretty, I decided to make a clafoutis.  I adapted this recipe from David Lebovitz’s book The Sweet Life in ParisThe Sweet Life in Paris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love love this book. David has this way of describing his feelings and surroundings that I found myself laughing throughout the whole book. He painted a detailed image of Paris. I wanted to try all of his recipes in the book. It was a good nightly reading to relax you. Each chapter was a story itself.

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Now the recipe…..
It was actually his plum and raspberry clafoutis, I just substitute the fruit for the cherries. 
Cherry Clafoutis
(Adapted from David Lebovitz)
4 Tbs of Melted Butter + some to prep the pan
3 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup of Flour
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup + 2 Tbs of Sugar
1 1/3 Cup of Whole Milk
Half Cherries to Cover (about 2 Cups)
Directions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
  2. Prep the baking dish with quite a bit of butter.
  3. Take the cherries and spread it around the bottom of the dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until it is smooth.  Add the butter and flour until it is fully incorporated.
  5. Than add the vanilla, 1/2 cup of sugar, and milk to the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture (custard) over the fruit.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  8. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the remainder of the sugar.
  9. Continue to bake for another 30 minutes.  The custard should be slightly firm and golden brown.
  10. Let it cool and serve
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So confession time – I actually baked this incorrectly.  I did not read through the whole set of directions and when I removed the clafoutis I turned off the oven.  I put it back in and it was not turned on.  When I realized that, it was mostly baked and I just had to cook it for another 10 minutes.  So I’m not sure if the cake is correct in texture and taste.  I did like it.  The Husband liked it so much, he ate the rest of it.  He described it as a crème brulee flan.  If you thought about it..I guess that is what crème brulee is. 
Ok I’m finally done talking.  Sorry about the long post Open-mouthed smile.

14 comments:

  1. Mmm, love clafoutis and LOVE the three pics with the blueberries! Great light/composition. Good job :D

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  2. And why did you not bring me any of the pastries!!!

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  3. Funny, I've done that, not read the whole directions. Glad you are enjoy summer with the kids, it always seems way too short to me.
    -Gina-

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  4. I love the mini pastry samples. Look yummy!

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  5. oh those fresh berries look incredible!

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  6. I like to try one of everything at a bakery too. So fun! I have yet to bake a Clafoutis. Cherries sounds like a great option.

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  7. Your clafoutis looks very pretty..no wonder you gave the book 5 stars.

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  8. I'm sorry about your daughter's tantrum, but what a sweet treat to escape from it...lovely pastries to melt away the scenario. :)

    Your Cherry Clafoutis looks like it has a wonderful texture...just gorgeous, nicely done.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  9. I love sweet life in Paris too. Great read plus many delicious recipes.

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  10. I love those cute mini pastries!

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  11. yum clafoutis! leibovitz has a lot of delicious recipes, you should try his icecream recipes!

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  12. David's book had me laughing, too. It's all so true! Clafoutis is a favorite, easy dessert recipe in France. I especially love it with summer fruits!

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  13. Those pastries look amazing! And I love clafoutis.

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