Replace the traditional black cherries with blackcurrants for Philippa Davis' take on the clafoutis, to really enjoy the tartness of the fruit

Forget the traditional clafoutis with black cherries and try this blackcurrant variety. This fruity, French baked dessert is perfectly “non eggy”, so you can really enjoy the tartness of the blackcurrants. Philippa Davis’ blackcurrant clafoutis is simple to make and feeds a crowd. It would be an impressive final flourish to a supper party.

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BLACKCURRANT CLAFOUTIS

This is a perfect “non eggy” tasting clafoutis that really lets the tart blackcurrants shine in all their glory.

Serves 8

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 500g blackcurrants
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau
  • 100g demerara sugar

Batter

  • 3 large eggs
  • 200ml double cream
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 150g demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 60g melted butter
  • 150g plain flour

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C fan/190°C/ 375°F/Gas Mark 5. Grease a 28cm x 23cm Pyrex dish with the 1 tbsp of butter.

Mix the blackcurrants, Cointreau and 100g demerara together and pour into the dish.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and melted butter together then whisk in the flour.

Pour over the blackcurrants and bake for 40 minutes until lightly golden on top with only a slight wobble. Rest for 10 minutes then serve warm with double cream.