Clafoutis for all that ails you
Friday December 18th 2020, 12:14 am
Filed under: Crohn's flare,Family,Food,Friends,Recipes

At 9:55 this morning there was one customer being helped and three clerks, the easiest December post office run ever. I told Anne her apricots were on their way and she told me those are the best she’s ever had, she can’t wait. She made my day.

That was just the start.

This afternoon I got a text from a friend: he’d heard Richard was sick; how was he doing?

Definitely getting better, thanks.

Next thing you know there was a second text saying he’d dropped off a little something for us.

I opened the door. He was already gone–which makes sense, because, exposure. There was a bag with eggs, veggies, grits, butter, juice, milk, just because he could. Wow! I was gobsmacked, and so was Richard.

His stomach’s still a bit tender, eggs are easy on it, we were running low, and now we aren’t.

A little history: years ago I got sent to Urgent Care with what was clearly the start of a Crohn’s flare. It’s not like I didn’t know what that was at that point.

To my great surprise the doctor who saw me was dismissive of anything I had to say about that; all he wanted to know was, had I eaten raspberries.

A day or two ago…

He insisted I had salmonella poisoning from Mexican raspberries (who says they weren’t US grown? There was no recall nor mention in the press in either case) and he sent me home without doing anything about the Crohn’s, which is indeed what it was. My GI doctor rolled his eyes with a bit of suppressed indignation at that when I ended up in his office, which made me want to say oh thank you thank you.

So. I found myself thinking, well, you know, though. My husband does not have Crohn’s and he did eat a lot of raspberries when I didn’t.

We had more of them. I wasn’t taking any chances–I baked them into a clafoutis, with some blueberries to get it up to four cups of fruit. Cook’em. They’re probably innocent but this way I wouldn’t have to worry about it.

The recipe calls for whole milk. I substituted the last of some cream 50/50 with the 1% that’s always around and was surprised at how much of a difference it made–it definitely improved it over my usual low-fat ones.

And it’s a good way to get fruit and protein down a whiny stomach.

Thanks to our friend, if Richard wants more, and he’s quite fond of it, I have whole milk in my fridge now and I can make it come out that way again tomorrow.

Clafoutis recipe: butter a 9″ deep-dish pan, not smaller, whip three eggs a goodly while, add 1/2 c sugar, beat, then 1 c whole milk, still beating, a small pinch salt, 1 tsp vanilla, a tbl melted butter, still beating, and then at the last beat in 1/2 c flour. Pour it in the pan quickly, put the fruit on top, bake about 40 minutes, 45-50 in my ceramic pan or till a knife in the center comes out clean. (Ed. to add: oven at 350.)

And then try to wait till it cools, but I won’t blame you if you don’t.

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Looks and sound yummy. Might try it for Christmas. What temp for the oven?

Comment by Anne 12.18.20 @ 1:58 am

First of all, every get better. Second, my stepsons love that stuff. We were given lots and lots of dried fruit. I wonder if I reconstitute it with some fruit juice if I could make that recipe. Hummmmmmmmmm

Comment by Afton 12.18.20 @ 5:05 am

Aloha, Alison!

You asked for into about stoves a while ago. We have a Bosch dual fuel (first typed duel fuel, which I hope never happens- would hate for them to fight it out) which is a gas cooktop and electric oven. Like it with some reservations and annoyances. First off it is way too easy to turn on the light and bump the oven control buttons when you are cooking or standing close to it. Second the grates over the burners are so thick and heavy that they detract from the best part of the gas cooking: easy and quick heat up and easy and quick cool down. Boiling a pot of water feels like it takes a day and a half. You have to move the pot off the burner after so it doesn’t keep cooking. Because the grates are so heavy and small, they are harder to clean and move around. You have to use both hands to pick up and move. Electronics around here tend to deteriorate faster in the salt air and humidity, so I can’t tell how how long those parts might be an issue for you. This stove is about 7 years old and still ok. Hope this helps.

Comment by Lisa 12.18.20 @ 11:12 am

Oh, that looks delicious! I may have to try that one.

Also, hooray for good deeds from good people.

Comment by ccr in MA 12.18.20 @ 11:21 am


Can’t get the clapotis shawl out of my mind after reading your blog. Never did knit that because I just couldn’t get the idea of knitting 2tog thru the back loop, or was it purl…j

Comment by Barbara 12.19.20 @ 6:50 am

You forgot the step in the recipe that says “put a scoop of the highest quality vanilla ice cream you can find on top”.

Comment by twinsetellen 12.22.20 @ 5:32 pm

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