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Homemade Plum Clafoutis

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Make the fresh fruit the star by putting it front-and-center in my Plum Clafoutis recipe!

Hi Bold Bakers!

I was inspired to make this recipe more out of necessity than anything else. Meaning my neighbor’s kids bought me over a big bowl of ripe plums from their garden and I needed to use them ASAP. I wanted to make a dessert that would really let the fresh fruit shine through but also worked great for a summers evening and I think a plum clafoutis does both.

What is Clafoutis?

Clafoutis, sometimes spelled clafouti (Cla-fu-tea), is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick eggy batter. The clafoutis is dusted with powdered sugar and served warm, sometimes with ice-cream and cream.

How do You Serve Clafoutis?

Serve my Plum Clafoutis recipe fresh from the oven dusted with powdered sugar and vanilla ice-cream on top. Sounds plain I know but hear me out… if you have a prominent flavor in your dessert and want that to be the focus then I like to serve my dessert with some simple vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream. Then the fruit can be the shining star.

Just a note about clafoutis: once it sits out at room temperature for a while it will naturally deflate. That’s why I give it a few minutes to cool down and then serve it up.

Can I Use Something Other Than Plums?

Absolutely! Cherries are a classic in a Clafoutis but you can really use any of your favorite seasonal fruit like peaches, blueberries, raspberries, or even pears. A fruit that is a little more delicate and light will really compliment this dessert.

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How Do You Know When Clafoutis is Done?

You will follow similar guides here as a souffle almost. It will puff up and also you do want to get a little color around the edges and on top. One thing I don’t want you to do is to worry it isn’t baked correctly. If it has risen and is golden brown after the hour then you are good to go.

How do I Store a Clafoutis?

This dessert is best eaten straight from the oven but if you have any leftovers store then covered in the fridge for 24 hours.

How Long Does a Clafoutis Last?

I recommend keeping it for 24 hours at the most. After this time the fruit can start to bleed into the batter making it soggy. Basically, get stuck in!

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Homemade Plum Clafoutis
Plum Clafoutis
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Make the fresh fruit the star by putting it front-and-center in my Plum Clafoutis recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2oz/14g) butter
  • 8-10 medium plums
  • 2/3 cups (5oz/142g) sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (12floz/340ml) whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar, for garnish
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C) then butter a cast 9 inch cast iron skillet, set aside. 

  2. Cut the plums in half, working around the pit to remove it. Toss the plums with 1/3 cup of the sugar.

  3. Once the plums have been coated in sugar, arrange them evenly in the skillet cut side up.

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, flour, and salt. Lastly, add in the milk and vanilla and whisk until a batter is formed. 

  5. Pour the batter over the plums into the cast iron pan.

  6. Bake the clafoutis for about an hour or until it has risen, the center is set and the edges are golden brown. 

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for just 10 minutes. Dust with powders sugar and serve. Note: Clafoutis will deflate over time so best to serve it fresh from the oven.

  8. Cover and store leftover clafoutis in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. 


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  1. Christine on August 14, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Do you peel the skin from the plums?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 16, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Great question, I didn’t and i didn’t fid them a problem.

      Also they add a lovely purple hue.


  2. Mary Krobock on August 13, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Do you have to make it in a cast iron skillet? Could I make it in individual souffle dishes instead? If sp, how long would it take to bake?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 14, 2019 at 4:16 am

      hi Mary,
      yes, you can do this, and you will need to monitor the bake. When it is puffed up, browned and feels set to the touch, it will be done. I cannot be sure about the time! Keep the temperature the same, it is needed for an oven spring!
      Gemma 🙂

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