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Kim joins us after being our permanent sub on the Pomodori e Vino project. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think or The Amy Foundation.

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Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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Amy is a teacher in suburban Boston with far too many cookbooks, her Grandmother's meat grinder and canning jars, and a new Wolf stove. She appreciates cuisines from around the world, with a particular fondness for French, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. Tweaking her cooking and eating habits resulted long-lasting weight loss and health benefits, proving that living well still tastes good. An old hobby is knitting; and a newer one is canning preserves. Read more from Amy on her blog, Destination Anywhere.

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Plum Clafouti with Cardamom

By Jan


After reading through the amazing Flavor Bible, I knew I wanted to use cardamom with my plums. I think it worked out quite well. I’m not sure if this is truly a clafouti (which is a traditional French dessert made with cherries) but it’s certainly derivative enough to use the name. The plums I used were just super market variety black plums.

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 375˚
Butter a 9 inch round cake pan with 2 inch sides and dust it with sugar.

Then add to a blender :
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups half and half
1/3 cup sugar + about a tablespoon for dusting the pan.
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
zest of one orange
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Set the blended ingredients aside while you cut the plums into a size approximating a cherry—a half inch cube. Toss them with the sugar.

6 plums or about 4 cups chunked
1 tablespoon natural (Turbinado) sugar

Put the plums into the cake pan in an even layer. Pour the egg mixture over it.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until it is puffed and the custard is set.


Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners sugar.



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Comments (8)

How did it taste, Jan? It looks beautiful.

Jan: It tasted great! I love the silky texture of the custard with the softened plums. And the flavor combo? Loved it!

That looks yummy!



Yummy indeed! You had me at "custard". This would be nice for a brunch menu item.

This does look really good. It also looks like a very comforting dessert. I'd like to have a slice right now please!


Black plums are my favorite. Mad I don't have any on hand to make this right now. Great idea!


Looks great, as I love anything with custard. Since we will be having a brunch menu for Dinner on Saturday, I just may have to add this to the menu:)!


Never thought of cardamom and plums. How wonderful! Looks great, Jan.

Looks tasty and looks beautiful, a deadly combination for being able to practice moderation! Love the idea of the cardamom in there!

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