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A Summer In Paris

Posted Jun 16 2010 12:00am

Celebrating Summer all week with my favourite Summer Recipes. Plus, this Thursday we’re sipping on summer! Starting on Thursday, June 17th, the first 50 peeps to get their copy will also receive a free copy of Whole Foods for Whole Health Mp3. Get your sweet little sun-kissed hands on the greatest collection of booze-optional summer cocktail, quencher, sipping smoothie and frozen treat recipes in the newest Making Love In The Kitchen e-Guide To Health Summer Sipping. Bonus alert! The quick acting 1st, lucky 13th, delectable 42nd, and late in the game 50th person to purchase Summer Sipping will win one of my fave Summer Sipping accessories, the Darma Glass Straw !

There are two ways that I come up with recipes.

In the case of this Clafouti situation, point #2 came into effect. I had bought figs as they are a fave of the man and I   and I wanted to eat them for dessert on our lake-side picnic before we did it like ’95 and hit up the Dave Matthews concert. Alas, I forgot to pack them. Then I got busy. Then I had a $5.99 container of organic figs starting to shrivel up like an old man’s testi… um… They started going off and I needed to create something awesome.

Create I did. I thought I would take a trip to Paris for inspiration for who doesn’t dream of a romantic summer fin de la semaine rendezvous a Paris (say with a French accent please, rolling the ‘r’ in rendezvous and Paris).

Fine. I didn’t actually go from a picnic Lake Ontario-Side to Dave Matthews on the lawn at the Molson Amphitheater to Paris. I didn’t actually go to Paris to sample these, but I have always wondered what a clafouti was (aside from the cute Trinity Bellwoods Park cafe) and so that is where I went for inspiration- to clafouti land.

What motivated the decision to take the figs to clafouti-land is that clafouti is a decadent, over-the top French pastry, made with cherries, loads of sugar, white flour- the likes of which I have never actually tried. What I did know was that I could easily replace the white flour, sugar and milk and butter for healthier, protein rich options which would not only make the whole kit and cabooble lighter, but would also lower the glycemic load of the fruits and make it a rather protein-rich, dense and satisfying little treat. An alternative to many insulin spiking sweetie-pie summer desserts.

Now, Wikepedia told me that when other kinds of fruit are used instead of cherries, the dish is called a . So this actually isn’t a clafouti at all but who makes such rules? The French pastry police can come after me if they like.

Either way, it was easy. Easier than pie even (I have yet to venture into gluten-free pie zone).  It took very few ingredients. I warn that this is not a vegan dessert and you won’t be subbing in ground flax for these eggs. Even so, it is delicious though, and unless you take pride in the dietary label you wear or have allergies, I say give this one a go. Totes worth it and of course- filled with local goodies from the market including local strawberries, rhubarb, sheep yogurt, farm fresh free run eggs and Ontario honey. Shazaaam. Take that Paris! Take that!

Strawberry Rhubarb Fig Claffouti

1 cup chopped rhubarb (or could use 1 pear, chopped)
8-10 figs, chopped
3 eggs
1/2 cup yogurt
1/3 cup brown rice flour
2 Tbs arrowroot starch
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup honey
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat your oven to 350
  • Mix together yogurt, eggs, brown rice flour, arrowroot starch, honey and sea salt
  • In round pie plate or square pyrex, spread out an even layer of rhubarb and figs
  • Pour mixed batter over top
  • Layer entire mix with thinly sliced strawberries
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with sucanat if you like
  • Serve from cooking dish or allow to cool, slice and serve in little muffin cups
  • Bon Appetite mon cheri

Summer Recipe Guest Blogging Contest 
The search is on for the best summer recipes! What is your favourite summer dessert recipe? Send it along to hello (at) meghantelpner (dot) com with a brief tale of how you developed, when you first made, where you found it etc. in 500 words or less, and even better, with a photo and if we choose it to post on the blog, a guest blogger you will be! Summer guest posts will be featured throughout the summer, with voting and winning in August. No chance of winning if you don’t get in the game!

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