fig and earl grey clafoutis

fig and earl grey clafoutis

This fig and early grey clafoutis combines my Iranian roots with my love of all things French! Clafoutis is a traditional French custard made with cherries. This version uses delicious dried figs that have been soaked in earl grey tea and spiked with a hint of cardamom.

fig and earl grey clafoutis

Any Iranian knows that you can’t end a meal without sipping a hot cup of earl grey. The quintessential tea is usually enjoyed with sugar cubes or dried fruit such as dates and figs. I wanted to combine the traditional flavors of my upbringing with one of my favorite French desserts to create an unexpected treat.

This recipe is as simple as whisking up a batter and setting a timer! Top the fig and early grey clafoutis with dollops of freshly whipped cream for a truly special dessert.

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fig and earl grey clafoutis


  • Author: Sep Esmaili

Ingredients

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  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 earl grey tea bag (or ½ cup freshly brewed earl grey)
  • 6 ounces dried figs (calimyrna or mission), cut in half, larger pieces quartered
  • 1 Cup half and half
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅓ Cup all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Whipped cream for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 10-inch round or oval baking dish with butter, set aside.
  2. Measure out ½ cup boiling water, place tea bag and dried figs in the water. Set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, combine half and half, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cardamom. Mix until combined and frothy, 2 minutes.
  4. Add the flour to the egg mixture and whisk until fully combined, 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  5. Drain the figs and scatter them in the buttered dish.
  6. Carefully pour the batter over the figs.
  7. Bake until the top is starting to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-30 minutes (depending on the size and shape of your dish).
  8. Cool to room temperature and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately with or without dollops of fresh whipped cream.

 

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