Caramelized Apple Clafoutis
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp Calvados
- 0.25 cup crème fraîche
- 0.33 cup whole milk
- 3 large eggs
- pinch of salt
- 0.5 tsp baking powder
- 0.33 cup all-purpose flour
- 0.5 cup sugar
- 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- soft ripened cheese, such as Brillat-Savarin, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apples and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar and cook, stirring, until the apples soften and lightly caramelize, 5 minutes. Scrape the apples and all of the liquid onto a plate and let cool.
2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until pale. Whisk in the flour mixture, milk, crème fraîche and Calvados. Fold in the apples and their liquid. Pour the batter into six buttered and sugared, 5-by-3 1/2-inch shallow, oval baking dishes.
3. Bake for 35 minutes, until golden and just set. Let cool until warm, then run a knife around the edge of each clafoutis and unmold onto plates. Serve with a wedge of cheese.