It’s February and love is in the air…or is it the scent of strawberries, vanilla, and orange blossoms marrying together in a fragrant homey French dessert? If you’re looking for a way to treat someone special (or yourself) this Valentines Day we have just the thing: a drool-worthy, heartwarming recipe for Strawberry Clafoutis by The Tomato Tart. Her secret? It’s a double dose of vanilla with both Tahitian vanilla extract and vanilla bean.
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1 ¼ c milk
¾ c flour
2 tbsp corn starch
½ c granulated sugar
½ tbsp vanilla extract
½ large vanilla bean
1/8 tsp salt
2 tablespoons orange flower water (or more to taste)
1 ½ c fresh ripe strawberries
1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
butter for greasing
Preheat oven to 350° Grease an oval 2-quart baking/gratin dish then dust with a bit of sugar Hull and halve your strawberries then toss in a bowl with corn starch and set them cut side down in the baking dish & set aside Scrape the vanilla bean, well to get all the yummy vanilla bits out* Crack your eggs then dump into your blender ** Now, dump all other ingredients EXCEPT confectioners sugar into your blender and give a few spins until neatly blended together. Pour the batter over the berries and pop into your preheated oven Bake for 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and eat warm. It would be a really lovely touch to garnish this with real citrus blossoms, if you have some- and they’re perfectly edible too- just make sure they’re organic.”
*You can save the pod of your bean and set into a jar of sugar or sea salt to make vanilla sugar or vanilla salt!
** Crack eggs into a separate bowl just in case you get a little shell. That way it’s easy to do damage control- and did you know that the easiest way to get shell out is to use a piece of shell to fish it out?