I Made an Apple Cranberry Flaugnarde with Crème Fraîche

One summer, I went to a pick-your-own-fruit farm with my family. We had brought home a bag full of cherries so I decided to make a dessert out of them.

I made a Cherry Clafoutis, the simple yet elegant dessert that’s originally from the Limousin region (now part of Nouvelle Aquitaine) in central France. It was easy to make and I liked how it turned out.

Now that it’s fall, I wanted to make the dessert with Granny Smith apples and fresh cranberries.

But then I learned that technically it wouldn’t be a clafoutis (also spelled clafouti) simply because there wouldn’t be cherries in it.

What’s a flaugnarde?

When using fruit other than cherries, this flan-cake is called a flaugnarde (sounds like “flon-yard”)!

This is how I made an Apple Cranberry Flaugnarde with Crème Fraîche!

You will need:

  • 9-inch glass pie pan
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1/2 of an apple, sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries, whole or sliced in half
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of crème fraîche
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)

Preparation:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F
  • Butter the pie pan and sprinkle granulated sugar on the butter
  • Add the sliced fruit to pan, then set it aside
  • In one bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt)
  • In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (eggs, crème fraîche, milk, vanilla extract)
  • Whisk the dry ingredients, while slowly adding in the wet ingredients. Mix well. The consistency should be like pancake batter
  • Pour the mixture over the fruit in the pie pan
  • Bake it for 40-45 minutes

As it bakes, it poofs up! But it will slowly deflate as it cools.

it looks like pizza

Before serving, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top:

Like quiche, this dessert can be served warm or cold. It’ll add a simple yet elegant French touch to any holiday feast! Bon appétit!

Tell me in the comments below: what’s your favorite dessert to make?

4 Ways I’m Coping with California Wildfire Smoke

It makes me blue to think about the dozens of people who’ve lost their lives and hundreds more who are missing due to the recent devastating wildfires in northern and southern California. So many people have lost their homes, animals, businesses, farms, and vehicles.

Since the Camp Fire wildfire in Butte County began on November 8, 2018, air quality in surrounding areas, like the San Francisco Bay Area, have reached unhealthy, very unhealthy, and even hazardous levels on the Air Quality Index.

Where I live, we’ve been strongly encouraged to stay indoors. Schools have decided to close and cancel classes. Local businesses have distributed special N95 filtration masks. Several museums have offered free admission to provide relief and temporary escape from the bad air.

Self care is important. I’m coping during this stressful time by:

  • spending quality time with loved ones
  • enjoying comfort food
  • staying positive
  • supporting the American Red Cross

Spending quality time with loved ones 

Part of my self care routine is engaging in a pleasurable activity. I enjoy good food, so I recently ventured outdoors and had brunch with my family. Spending quality time with loved ones brought comfort and a sense of normalcy.

Enjoying comfort food

We went to one of my favorite brunch spots called Crepevine. The fast-casual restaurant has ten locations around the San Francisco Bay Area, but the cozy atmosphere of the one I frequent makes it feel one-of-a-kind.

the San Francisco crêpe: salmon, capers, baby spinach, Dijon mustard, red onion, and dill Havarti cheese

Business was brisk at the College Avenue (Oakland) location. Understandably, no one inside lingered after eating their food. It was sad not to see anyone out on the patio, which is usually packed with diners and their beloved pets snuggled at their feet.

Staying positive

Almost two weeks after the wildfires broke out, I’m happy to report that much-needed rain is falling today (November 21). I hope we get enough precipitation to help contain the remaining fires. In the meantime, I’ll keep thinking of and thanking all the brave firefighters out there.

Supporting the American Red Cross

Another way I cope is knowing that I can help relief efforts by supporting the American Red Cross. I’m a longtime blood donor and supporter because I trust they use contributions properly. If you feel so inclined, please join me and make a financial contribution to the California Wildfire relief efforts. Change lives with your gift and donate now to the American Red Cross.

Thank you and remember to do something each day to take care of yourself.

For more information:

  • Air Quality Index (link)
  • American Red Cross (link)
  • CAL FIRE – Current Incidents (link)
  • Crepevine Restaurant (link)