Plum Clafoutis

“Make Life Sweeter… Eat Dessert First” – Joanne Chang

I have typed and deleted this blog post at least a half a dozen times.  Some people can sit down and the words just stream out of them… naturally.  To those people, I say damn you! (KIDDING, KIDDING)  I am not that skilled.  For me, writing is a struggle, especially when there isn’t anything specific I want to write about.  And, see, now I’m just writing about how I have nothing to write about.  Sad.

Actually, that may not be completely true. I guess I do have something to share.  Tomorrow’s my birthday!  That’s fun, right?  I love birthdays, especially my own (I don’t get people who don’t like to celebrate their birthday.  It’s YOUR day!).  This year, I’ll be celebrating in Upstate New York, where I’m attending the Longhouse Food Writer’s Revival, a weekend loaded with fabulous food writers and editors.  I have no doubt that it’ll be an inspiring weekend, filled with lots of delicious meals and long conversations (and probably more than a couple of drinks will be consumed).

Before I leave you with this delicious plum clafoutis (it’s super easy to make, too… seriously, you probably already have most, if not all, of these ingredients), I just want to say thank you to all of you for your support this last year.  I consider birthdays to be landmarks… something to look back on and see how far you’ve come and to also look at how you hope to grow in the future.  I was a very different person than I was last September.  My outlook on life, and how I want to spend each day, has changed completely.  But no matter what has happened, this blog has been my constant, even when it’s felt like my world is about to come crashing down.  I thank you for helping me keep this passion in me alive… and for listening to me jabber on and on.  Now, go eat some dessert!  And, because I’m the birthday boy, you have to do as I say.


Plum Clafoutis

(mildly adapted from the recipe in Flour Bakery by Joanne Chang)


1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter

8-10 prune plums, pitted and quartered

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract

Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting



1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Pour the melted butter into a 9×13 inch glass baking dish and tilt the dish until all sides are coated with the butter.

3. In a bowl, toss plums with 1/4 cup of the sugar.  Pour plums into the baking dish and spread evenly

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining sugar, salt, powdered ginger, and cinnamon.

5. In a bowl, whisk the eggs until blended.  Add the flour mixture to the eggs and whisk until combined.

6. Add the milk, vanilla extract and almond extract to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.

7. Pour the batter over the plums.

8. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until it is golden brown and puffy.

9. Let cool for 30 minutes.  Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve warm.



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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 14, 2012 - 6:57 am

This is absolutely lovely! Your pictures always brighten my day – beautiful!

MallorySeptember 14, 2012 - 7:34 am

You are not alone with the writing bit…it sometimes takes forever to get a sentence out! This looks delicious and your photos are lovely. Happy Birthday!

kelly @ kellybakesSeptember 14, 2012 - 8:17 am

I have two English degrees and still struggle to get words out, especially when talking about something I love as much as food. Anyway, your clafoutis looks lovely. Have fun this weekend & here’s hoping you have a wonderful year ahead. Happy Birthday!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveSeptember 14, 2012 - 8:22 am

Happy Birthday friend!! I hope someone bakes YOU something tomorrow. This is just stunning, Brian.

AmandaSeptember 14, 2012 - 8:26 am

Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Brian! You are a gift and a joy and I love getting to know you better. You always make me smile! Hope your birthday is blessed!

Ken┃hungry rabbitSeptember 14, 2012 - 8:36 am

Happy Birthday Mr B, so glad I get to celebrate your birthday tomorrow in person. We love your jabbering, even if you have nothing specific to say. Cheers! xoxo

Robyn Stone | Add a PinchSeptember 14, 2012 - 8:52 am

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionSeptember 14, 2012 - 8:55 am

And here I thought I was the only one who sits down to write and cannot seem to find anything to say!

Happy birthday (a day early)… Hope it’s fabulous. I’m sure it will be since you’ll be in great company at a great event. Can’t wait to see your photos!

And… I have passed over this recipe in the Flour cookbook far too many times now. I happen to have plums from our CSA this week, so I think I will finally have to get around to making it. You make it look far too gorgeous to be ignored any longer.

Christy @ My Invisible CrownSeptember 14, 2012 - 9:04 am

What a perfect post and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I too am a person who believes your b’day is YOUR day in an entire year of days…that one is yours! It’s the BEST day! I celebrate the week now and sometimes try and drag it out to a month. Anyway, as I said, the post was perfect! It warmed my heart ands made me smile so all those you deleted were meant to be deleted and this is the ONE we all needed to read.

MariaSeptember 14, 2012 - 9:11 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I hope you have a fabulous birthday weekend! xo

Bev @ Bev CooksSeptember 14, 2012 - 10:13 am

Omg happy biiiiiiirthay tomorrow!!!! And I need 35 pans of this.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 14, 2012 - 10:22 am

looks fabulous Brian!!

CaraSeptember 14, 2012 - 10:27 am

Happy birthday, Brian! Wherever you are right now (lifewise, not geographically), it’s working incredibly well. Have a spectacular day!

JamieSeptember 14, 2012 - 10:29 am

Plums are JUST coming out in full force on the market: mirabelles, reines claude, plum prunes, quetsches, all of them in every color and I have been waiting and waiting. Plum clafoutis has been on my must-do list… so glad to see you had the same idea! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

MeetaSeptember 14, 2012 - 10:56 am

Writing about not having anything to write about is good – I’ve done that a few times. But hey HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am like you I think birthdays are super special and I enjoy them totally – mine and everyone else’s. Love clafoutis and this looks sensual!

Heidi @foodiecrushSeptember 14, 2012 - 11:03 am

I will happily do as you say and go make a clafouti! We had the most gorgeous plums at the farmer’s market, and this is a beauty way to use them. Happy, happy birthday and have a fabo time at the conference. Oh, and don’t forget a glass of champs to celebrate!

KaseySeptember 14, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Happy birthday, Brian! Plum Clafoutis is a pretty proper way of celebrating ;) Enjoy!

KankanaSeptember 14, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Happy Birthday Brian :) I think you write beautiful words .. even if you have to delete it several times, the end result is always a good read. Hope you have a blast tomorrow and always!

Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesSeptember 14, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Happy birthday, Brian! Have a great time this weekend. And ooh, clafoutis!

BunkycooksSeptember 14, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Happy Birthday, Brian! Enjoy the weekend travels.

CarolynSeptember 14, 2012 - 3:57 pm

That is a beautiful clafoutis, Brian. I love it for breakfast!

KimberleySeptember 14, 2012 - 5:38 pm

I don’t believe most people who say that writing is easy – because it’s not, not even for those who dedicate their lives to it. So screw them! I find that looking for an interesting story in my life is always a great place to start – but I’m pretty sure that you already know that. And Happy Birthday!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenSeptember 14, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Well an early Happy Birthday to you!! I hope you have an inspiration filled weekend filled with good company and good food.

Andrew FrishmanSeptember 14, 2012 - 9:48 pm

MMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some clafoutis, especially when it’s plum!

¡cumpleaños feliz!

ElSeptember 14, 2012 - 10:42 pm

Happy birthday Brian. Enjoy your dessert!

Lauren at Keep It SweetSeptember 15, 2012 - 7:03 am

Have a very happy birthday, Brian!!!

Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 15, 2012 - 10:33 am

I agree that birthdays are landmarks meant to celebrated to the fullest! As a matter of fact, we are still celebrating my bday-I do birthday month:)Love this very fall clafoutis. I just found some Italian plums and have been too busy eating them to bake with them. Have fun at the revival.xxHAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

SukainaSeptember 15, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Happy birthday hun. Hope the birthday and conference were both fabulous! BTW, you’re not the only one that struggles with writing!!

foodwanderingsSeptember 15, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Hey dahlin’ when it comes to fruit desserts, next to apples plums are my next favorite thing. I must admit though I haven’t made or had a plum dessert in awhile now. I wish I gad a square of this luscious plum clafoutis along with tea now.

SaraSeptember 16, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Happy Birthday! This looks great: I love these plums — they are surely become my favorite fruit to bake with, at least the ones I don’t turn into jam. I love the flour cookbook, so I can’t quite believe I haven’t made this yet, thanks for pointing it out!

MonetSeptember 16, 2012 - 11:53 pm

My love, you are one of the most special people I’ve met in this culinary world, and I’ve been blessed to watch your story unfold. Thank you for inspiring me, encouraging me, and serving as an example of how to follow your heart and dreams. Much much love and joy as you celebrate your birthday. (and this plum clafoutis looks perfect too)

chinmayie @ love food eatSeptember 17, 2012 - 10:25 pm

Your photo are TRULY unique. I am in love every time i visit your space!!!

Jenny @ BAKESeptember 18, 2012 - 8:42 am

simply stunning photographs!

NaomiSeptember 18, 2012 - 8:58 am

First off, I hope you had awesome birthday. Happy belated birthday to you!!!

Secondly, loving this recipe and pics. And I’m with you- damn those who write with such ease and style.

olivia rae jamesSeptember 18, 2012 - 9:22 am

gosh, these photos are STUNNING! hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Lisa | With Style and GraceSeptember 18, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Dammit, I missed your birthday???? I’m so sorry, I feel like the worst friend! I hope it was all things wonderful and with some outstanding cocktails, of course. Happy belated birthday, my friend!! xoxo

Jeanne @ CookSister!September 18, 2012 - 1:29 pm

A belated happy birthday to you, gorgeous! LOVE clafoutis and this looks like a particularly fine example :)

beaSeptember 18, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Joyeux anniversaire. May this year be another super one for you! Yum, I need a slice of the clafoutis. My weakness!

merry jenniferSeptember 19, 2012 - 6:38 pm

I hope the weekend was wonderful, Brian. It sounded like a glorious way to spend your birthday! Hope this next year is filled with excitement, beauty, lots of laughter, and peace.

Aimee @ Simple BitesSeptember 19, 2012 - 9:01 pm

I can’t believe I missed your birthday!! Okay, yes, I can. I am sooo sleep deprived. ;)

Happy Belated birthday! I can’t wait to hear all about the weekend and see (more of) your fabulous photos…

MikeVFMKSeptember 19, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Yes! I never see enough plum recipes. And I love baked fruit desserts. Beautiful shots, B!! And happy belated. Bad friend on my part to miss it.

WizzySeptember 22, 2012 - 12:01 pm

I hear you on the struggle to write. Others make it look easy but it really isn’t. Happy Belated birthday greetings to you.

Rosie @ SweetapolitaSeptember 23, 2012 - 10:28 am

This looks rustic and simply gorgeous. And, oh Brian! How did I miss your birthday? I’m so sorry. Happy, Happy, Happy (belated) Birthday to you! I’m sincerely thrilled we connected way back when, and I can’t wait to sit down one day with you and have a (few) celebratory drink. xoxo

Laura (Tutti Dolci)September 24, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Gorgeous clafoutis!

Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 24, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Hardie JeraldMarch 25, 2013 - 2:35 am

I do like plums did you hear the one about plum pudding?

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