People tend to fall in one of three buckets with Valentine’s Day. They either hate it and ignore it. They love it and go all out, literally making it nearly impossible to eat out without a dinner reservation that was made weeks in advance. And finally, there are those who prefer a simple evening at home with subtle touches of romance, and relaxation as their top priority.
I am all about that third bucket. Nothing says love like homemade food that you get to enjoy in the comfort of your own home in head-to-toe Athleta. Seriously, I feel all sorts of love just thinking about such an evening!
Simple meals that focus on produce and protein are my preference, with special thought put into the perfect dessert, as baked treats tend to be an occasional thing in our household. We were thrilled to invite our good friend Josh of Slim Palate back onto the site to share a recipe for such a treat. Something fun, festive, and special to fill both your loved one’s heart and belly. Enjoy!
It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted on Paleo Parents Blog. Matt and Stacy are great friends of mine, and have been ever since we first made contact a few years back. They actually gave me the initial push to get my blog going when I had a recipe posted on here long ago and I’ll always remember that, but I digress. We all know that what everyone is here for, a recipe for a lovely clafoutis.
With Valentine’s Day coming around the corner soon, I figured why not make a recipe that would present beautifully, tastes wonderful, yet is incredibly easy to make. This gives both the gents and the ladies equal opportunity to make this. Although bonus points go to the guys for making it for their significant other instead of going out and buying something.
Now I know some of you may be familiar with what a clafoutis is but I’m also fairly certain there will be some folks that are all like, “clawhotis?” A clafoutis is a French dessert with a flan like textured center, although a little more cake like. Sort of like a pie/cake/flan dessert, so if you like any of those desserts or all of them then you will definitely love this one.
My clafoutis is quite close in flavor to a traditional one, hence the cherries, I simply added a few of my own additions for flare. The vanilla bean give a much more fragrant and in depth flavor instead of using vanilla extract. I also added a touch of grated orange zest to bring out the natural flavor of the cherries and to give a slight orangey acidity to the rest of the dessert.
With all of that said, impress your girlfriend or wife, boyfriend or husband, with this beautiful and easy to make cherry and vanilla bean clafoutis.
- 1/2 cup Almond Flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 Tbs unsalted butter or coconut oil, plus more for greasing
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 3 cups cherries, pitted
- 2/3 vanilla bean pod worth of vanilla beans, scraped
- 1/4 cup + 3 Tbs coconut milk or raw milk
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10-inch tart or gratin dish with butter or coconut oil.
- Place the cherries evenly distributed in the pie or gratin dish.
- In a medium-sized bowl add the eggs and whisk until entirely incorporated, then add the coconut milk or raw milk, orange zest, vanilla beans, and salt. Whisk until fully mixed.
- Add the coconut sugar, almond flour, and melted butter and whisk vigorously until fully incorporated. The batter will be very thin.
- Pour the batter evenly over the cherries in the dish and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes until puffed up and golden in color. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes, then serve.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Me-Stirring-Resized.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Joshua Weissman is the accomplished teenage photographer and writer behind the blog Slim Palate. After years of constant ridicule in school for being overweight he decided to change his life and lost more than 100 pounds at the age of 16 years old. He started his blog to share his story, recipes, and photography, in hopes of inspiring others to do the same or just become healthier. Shortly after the start of his blog his first book was published, The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook, which he also wrote and photographed. Now at the age of 19 years old he continues to believe that real food has the ability to enrich and empower our lives, and continues to express that through his recipes and photographs. Connect with Josh: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter[/author_info] [/author]