Brother Victor's Pear Clafoutis

Recipe adapted from A Taste of Heaven (Tarcher)

Brother Victor's Pear Clafoutis
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Brother Victor's Pear Clafoutis
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12
Servings
Ingredients
  • Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
  • 6 ripe Bosc pears
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cognac or pear brandy
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 to 14 Mississippi Abbey Trappestine vanilla caramels (available at trappistine.com), or other caramels of your choice
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Generously butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Peel, halve and core the pears.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and cornstarch. Add the milk, cognac and vani)a and mix we). Pour a thin layer, about 1 cup, of the custard into the baking dish, tilting the pan to spread it evenly over the bottom. Place the dish in the center of the oven and bake until the custard thickens and sets, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and carefu)y arrange the pears, cut side down, over the custard. Pour the rest of the custard over the fruit and sprinkle with the nutmeg. Arrange the caramels on the top, positioning them so they're about 2 inches apart. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the custard is firm and starts to brown around the edges, about 20 to 45 minutes.
  3. Remove the clafoutis from the oven and serve warm.
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