berry clafoutis

We had an action packed weekend – a three year old’s birthday party (with a puppet show!), a visit to my favorite Multnomah Village candy store (I got a blackberry ice cream cone!), two sushi lunches, three grilling / backyard parties, not too much time online and a lot of cooking.

We live outside the city limits, just past the county line in Portland. Our neighbors across the lake LOVE the fourth of July, and usually start celebrating with (big booming, bright blooming) fireworks a couple days early. This year, we started hearing them Thursday evening. Some years we hear fireworks after the fourth.

I’ll just say that Basil is not a fan.

We aren’t big firework folk, preferring instead to have people over, jump in the pool and fire up the grill. The pool is not yet open, but the weather is holding in the 80’s so any day now… the grilling and cooking happened, though.

My idea of a perfect four day weekend.

Some of my creations were patriotic with a theme of red and blue. In the case of this vegan and gluten free clafoutis, the white would be the custard like dough.

Red white and blue deliciousness.

berry clafoutis

1 1/2 cups silken tofu (12 ounce container)
3 tablespoons agave honey
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup brown rice flour
3 cups berries

Combine tofu, agave, milk and flour in food processor. Blend until smooth. Prepare pan (I used three small spring-form pans) – spray or butter (earth balance) and line the bottom of pan with a single layer of berries. Pour tofu mixture over berries, bake at 350 for 40 – 50 minutes.

This clafoutis is just how I like it – custardy and light, with the flavor of the berry bringing the sweetness. I used fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, and I like a higher fruit to custard ratio. More fruit means the cooking time is longer, but it does set up, and is well worth the wait.

How did you spend your holiday weekend?

What’s your favorite berry?

Fireworks – like them or no?


Comments

  1. says

    Yum – I love fruit and custard desserts.

    We spent part of the weekend at my parents’ house to hang out, have a barbecue, and go for a fun drive.

    My favorite berries are blueberries [at the moment, anyway – that may change soon].

    And I’m not really into fireworks. The noise and the smoke just don’t do it for me.

    • spabettie says

      sounds like a great weekend, Lisa! and I’m the same way, pretty much… I like to see fireworks from afar – and as my friend Stephanie says “when professionally done”. πŸ˜€ the ones here around where we live were sometimes BIG, but we went on a walk outside and the air was smoky and sulfury. and the dog was scared. :(

      blueberries for the win! have a great week!

    • spabettie says

      thanks, Heather! and more weekends ahead – today we both took the day off and we are… PREPPING THE POOL !! weeee! πŸ˜€

  2. says

    After a couple of days without an update on your blog, I’m happy to find that my mouthwatering mechanisms are still functioning! πŸ˜‰

    I actually like fireworks because I find them pretty and festive (that already tells that I only like the big flowery fireworks, not the kind that makes just terrible noise and nothing else), but I understand they must put an awful stress on animals! No wonder Basil hates them, poor him! That must be the most horrible weekend of the year for him (besides New Years Eve, maybe, when we at least have fireworks over here, for the only time in a year).

    My favorite berries are … Hm. I really can’t tell. I think I like a mix (like your used for your beautiful clafoutis, which makes me drool all over the keyboard again – too bad it isn’t even *my* keyboard, because I sit at an lab computer while typing this, oh my … ;))

    My weekend was neither special nor long nor great, I had a lot of mental stress with my apartment situation because I can’t deal with stress so well, especially when it comes from housing insecurity.

    • spabettie says

      YES, I only like the big flowery kind too… and what a GREAT description! πŸ˜€ I will be trying in the coming days to get back into a normal blog routine… although it HAS been nice to receive the personal notes from you all (including you and Stephanie – I feel so loved!) πŸ˜€

      oh, Kath… I am so sorry. I (mistakenly?) thought the Frederic situation was NOT incredibly pressing after all, but I suppose even if it is not, it would still cause great stress until remedied. I am sorry if I have been casual about it, thinking it less imminent. :( I hope all goes well, and soon. (( hugs ))

      • says

        Γ„hhh … Did I describe anything? I really don’t know … So I just wonder what I may have described in a GREAT way. πŸ˜‰

        Please don’t feel bad about your comment on my housing situation! It’s really not that bad! :)

        • spabettie says

          describing the fireworks as “big flowery” :) in talking about them the last couple days, I’ve been saying things like BOOM and SPARKLE-Y. πŸ˜‰

          oh, I know it’s not that bad, but I think I was thinking you were more relaxed about it. stopping to think, though, I would not be. I empathize, I really do. Give Frederic a hug for me? XXO πŸ˜€

  3. says

    Our holiday weekend was spent at home and at my mother in law’s house. It was wonderful and the weather was fantastic!

    My favorite berry — strawberries!

    Fireworks — I like them sometimes but for the most part I find them pretty boring.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had clafoutis before but I love how simple this recipe is!

    • spabettie says

      it really is simple – one of those that seems more complicated than it is… and SO tasty!

      glad you had a great weekend, Holly! hope it lasts into the week!

  4. says

    The berry clafoutis is so pretty! I’ve never had clafoutis, but I’m not quite as intimidated by it now :)

    I’m not so much into fireworks—they’re ok, but I’d probably not fight crowds to go see them. We’ve been hearing them since Thurs too–kind of over it!

    My fave berry was blackberries yesterday—we walked around the farm and found lots of wild ones. Normally, I’m a fan of cherries…I really need more berries in my life :)

    • spabettie says

      I know! I remember being intimidated before I first made one… and back then it was even EASIER with eggs! this is still very easy, just add a food processor step.

      most everyone could use more berries in their life πŸ˜€

  5. says

    I had a fantastic weekend. Unplugged and just had fun with friends and family.
    I have to admit, I love fireworks. I guess I’m a big dork, but I do. I haven’t seen a fireworks show since before Meghan was born, though. She can’t stay up that late…

    This recipe looks wonderful! It features my two favorite berries! :-)

    • spabettie says

      your weekend sounds awesome, Maryea! we unplugged a lot too, which was so nice. I actually like seeing fireworks, as my friend Stephanie said “when they’re professionally done” πŸ˜€ and I’d rather watch from someone’s deck. or a boat on the river.

  6. says

    Your busy weekend sounds great–and that clafouti looks EVEN BETTER. Blackberries are my favorite berry, but, really, I’ll take any berry that’s on sale. Can I have some of that blackberry icecream? :)

    • spabettie says

      ha – what’s on sale INDEED.

      and OH MY… I have it on my list to recreate the ice cream… stay tuned. it was SO amazing.

    • spabettie says

      agreed – all berries are great in my book. blueberries are probably my most used, so must be my favorite… I also like the marionberry. not the former mayor. πŸ˜‰

    • spabettie says

      cla fooo teeeee!! I love to say it too, obviously. πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t find cherries, that’s what I initially wanted to fill this with. DANG, guess I’ll have to make another!

    • spabettie says

      oh, and professionally done. YES. our neighbors around here sure sounded like they THOUGHT they were pros. there were some BIG booms last night – we saw some pretty big sparklies in the sky too.

  7. says

    Wow. I had no idea recipes could be this easy. Thanks!! I love the way this looks. Sooooooo pretty and only a few ingredients! LOVE it. (per usual)

    Glad you had a great 4th! Sorry Basil didn’t. lol

    • spabettie says

      yes, this is one of those recipes many could intimidated by (I was), and when you actually make it you realize How Stinkin EASY it is! :) Basil is a happy pup again today – we’ve already been on TWO walks! Have a great week, Lori!

    • spabettie says

      hi Lindsay! I hope you use it for this… so SO good! (remember some patience with cooking… it took much longer than a traditional clafoutis! ENJOY!!

  8. says

    The clafoutis looks great. I’m sure you probably saw the one I made over the weekend.

    I love mixed berries that are sweetened and baked. Pretty much can’t go wrong!

    Lots of people asked me about a vegan/GF version and I told them to use rice flour and make a flax/chia egg and use coconut milk.

    Tofu…good idea!

    :)

    • spabettie says

      yes, remember I said I made one earlier that same day? :) here it is! πŸ˜‰ the silken tofu makes a SIMILAR result, not as dense a custard but still somewhat… it was GOOD.

    • spabettie says

      yes, remember I said I made one earlier that same day? :) here it is! πŸ˜‰ the silken tofu makes a SIMILAR result, not as dense a custard but still somewhat… it was GOOD…

  9. says

    What a lovely weekend. I like weather in the 80s too. Even though it’s too cool to swim.
    This recipe looks wonderful. I have been wanting to try a clafoutis for some time – I make loads of crisps and cobblers, but this will be a great new dish for me to try. Thanks for sharing!

    • spabettie says

      I hope you love it like we did! yes, 80 is pretty much perfect. we have a heater for our pool (if you’re crazy enough to HAVE a pool in Oregon there better be a heater!) πŸ˜€ so… yes, 80 is kinda cool but pretty much anything above that? we’re swimmin! :)

  10. says

    blueberries are my weakness! this berry clafoutis looks delish!!!!!! I made berry trifles all weekend b/c…well… its my lazy girl dessert! haha! this looks like a dessert on a festive restaurant menu! yum!

    love ya girl! one of these days i’ll lure you back to the WIAW dark side =) we have cookies!

    bahaha!

    • spabettie says

      trifles are awesome! and girl, you know I love you and I’ll Be Back! πŸ˜€ and I’ll take a cookie…

    • spabettie says

      poor Madison. that’s how Basil was, I had to shut the bedroom door because he kept running in there and hiding under the bed. :( it’s all over – 10:15 here and not a peep out there! :)

  11. says

    cla – what?
    my god woman – are you going to make me google that word?
    fireworks – ack – the drunkards were having fun last night at midnight – princess kitty wanted to cuddle and it was MUCH too warm for that :\

    anyhooo – thought of you as i was FORCED to have almond milk.
    the regular milk was curdled and i had NOTHING for my cereal and was out of yogurt too – gasps!

    found a box in the cupboard and – yay – it was good!

    xoxox

    • spabettie says

      cluuuh – FOO – teee ! πŸ˜€ and it’s SO good! glad you like the almond milk, glad you TRIED it!! *atta girl. another plus? almond milk… ahem… doesn’t curdle. πŸ˜‰ hee!

    • spabettie says

      I’m with you, Tiff – I love a tart + sweet combo, not TOO sweet. I think that’s why we both (Jason and I) love this dessert so much, natural sweet and not TOO sweet.

    • spabettie says

      haa – Liz, that’s funny you say that, we started the process yesterday!! πŸ˜€ (it generally takes a couple days to open the pool, cleaning from the winter, etc. I’m picking up chemicals today!!) by the week end we shall be swimming!

  12. says

    Oooo, many berries, and a vegan custard! I think I’m in heaven.
    This one will have to be tried out with some of the Shuksan strawberries I just picked. Wonder if honey will sweeten as well, just don’t do agave.
    thanks for creating this

  13. says

    I’m with basil. Not a fan.
    But I’m a fan of you clafoutis. And I wish I could leave an audible comment and piss people off and say: “Cla-fu-tisssssss”

    • spabettie says

      oh, I wish you could too. Liz said it sounded like an STD, and I can only imagine it is with that pronunciation.

      you and Basil would get along great.

  14. says

    Yum! Love your pictures! Especially da puppy, awwwwwwwww. I love Dachshunds. Well…. if I ever get back into cooking – which I will – I’ll know where to come for the yummiest recipes EVAH.

    • spabettie says

      Basil says thank you πŸ˜€ <"();::::::::;~

      and thank you – I hope you try some recipes sometime, you'll have to let me know! XO

  15. Jen says

    Hi again,
    How big were your springform pans? And if, say, I wanted to use custard cups to decrease the baking time, how many do you think that would make?
    Thanks!

    • spabettie says

      Hi Jen! my springforms are about 3 – 3.5 inches across. without knowing the size of the custard cups you mean, I don’t know how many? if you have a lot (10? 12?) I’d go ahead and try it! πŸ˜€

  16. Erin says

    I would love to make this tomorrow but I have a few questions:
    Your recipe produces enough for 3 clafoutis? I don’t have springform pans so I was planning to use a regular small (8-9 inch) circular cake pan… let me know what you think and if i will need to use 3 of these cake pans! πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      you definitely do not need to use a springform pan; this recipe made me 3 SMALL cakes (my pans are 3.5 4 inches maybe?) if you are using an 8 or 9 inch, it should work just fine, I would reduce the fruit by half (or two cups, maybe?) the berries should cover the bottom of the pan only, no layers of berries. I hope you love it, Erin!

  17. says

    Not a fan of the fireworks, we live in the mountains of NC really close to TN where all the big and bright loud fireworks are legal. Our neighbors started shooting them on the Thursday and Friday before and we still had someone shooting some last night. My three dogs go through a routine of run around/hide/talk to us about whatever is bothering them/pass out/start over. My brother lives down the street and one of his four dogs has to wear a compression therapy shirt because he gets so upset. Schultz, the schnauzer and my three mutts Murray, Rocco and Inca are on team Basil when it comes to fireworks.

    Also, thank you for giving me a valid reason to own a spring form pan. I haven’t made anything that I couldn’t make do with something else until this, it’s incredible and everyone in my family can eat it. That seriously never happens, we have so many dietary restrictions and convictions that I end up making a recipe 3 ways in one night to make it family-friendly for gatherings. This will be the new “oh look, I can get away with only making one dessert” item from now on!

    • spabettie says

      hello Long-Winded-Megan! (I love it!!),

      we ordered Basil one of those compression shirts!! :) and we still hear fireworks, too – as of yesterday. *sigh* Basil was outside with us, and he ran to the door like he wanted to come inside (and hide under the bed, presumably).

      I hope you LOVE this dessert! I am so happy this fits everyone – LOVE when that happens! the best part? it does not taste like it’s missing anything… :) ENJOY!

  18. says

    What a gorgeous dessert–and looks so simple to make, too! And thanks for thinking of Wellness Weekends. But I’m so sorry–the event is only for recipes posted within the past week. :( Your other one looks great, too, though. :)

    • spabettie says

      oops, SO sorry! πŸ˜‰ I thought I read it all carefully. I LOVE this idea, and will think of things I can do for next week too!

  19. says

    Argh I’m going insane- my cursor isn’t working for some inexplicable reason (cat walking all over keyboard?) and I tried to copy and paste your recipe- I soooo want to do this one as I just bought tofu!! GAH> Will need to come back when I fix this (but how?)

    • spabettie says

      hmm, I don’t know? SORRY about that!! I tried on two computers and it’s working for me… here, I copied for you, can you get it from here? :) XO

      berry clafoutis

      1 1/2 cups silken tofu (12 ounce container)
      3 tablespoons agave honey
      1 cup almond milk
      1/3 cup brown rice flour
      3 cups berries

      Combine tofu, agave, milk and flour in food processor. Blend until smooth. Prepare pan (I used three small spring-form pans) – spray or butter (earth balance) and line the bottom of pan with a single layer of berries. Pour tofu mixture over berries, bake at 350 for 40 – 50 minutes.

      • says

        You are sooo sweet thank you! And as mysteriously as the damn keyboard stopped working, it just started again! Ugh.! Anyway, thanks and can’t wait to make this- any idea if the light firm tofu Mori Nu would work if blended?

        • spabettie says

          computers are bizarre. I have made this THREE times now, each time with silken… I don’t know if a regular would work? if you try it that way let me know?

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