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Blueberry clafoutis is a classic French dessert that is surprisingly simple and easy to make. A thick and flavorful custard studded with fresh juicy berries, this recipe only takes a few minutes of prep work and is a great treat to make with kids.

cast iron skillet with clafoutis and blueberries

Clafoutis is a classic French dessert that sits somewhere in between a fruit filled pancake and a custard. A rich batter is made with eggs, milk, flour, and sugar and poured over fruit in a pan. After baking it is a rich and thick custard with golden edges and studded with sweet juicy fruit. 

Generally when you think of traditional French desserts, you tend to instantly think of a stereotypical fussy recipe with many complicated steps. But clafoutis is surprisingly simple and straightforward to make – so much so that it is perfect for kids to make, too.

Thank you to AE Dairy for sponsoring this post. All opinions, recipes and photographs are my own. 

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two plates with slices of clafoutis and glasses of milk behind

Clafoutis 

Clafoutis is a great dessert to enjoy any time of year, but is particularly lovely in the spring and summer when fresh fruit really shines. This simple baked custard really lets the flavor of in season fruit really shine. Creamy whole milk, rich eggs, and flavorful juicy berries combine in a simple and perfect way to make a dessert that is both simple and special.

Traditionally, Clafoutis was always made with sliced black cherries, but in recent years it has become mainstream to use other fruits as well. I love using blueberries here as it makes prep work even easier (since there is no pitting or slicing needed) and gives you a few less dishes that need washed.

A lot of clafoutis recipes call for either heavy cream or buttermilk, and while they are great, I don’t generally stock either one in my fridge during a regular week. This recipe calls for whole milk, and since we always have a gallon of AE Dairy whole milk in the fridge, its perfect! I trust AE Dairy to have the freshest milk with unparalleled taste and quality. That means we can make and enjoy this clafoutis anytime we like, and I know it will taste amazing.

two plates with slices of blueberry clafoutis, with forks beside

How to make this recipe

This clafoutis is an easy and simple recipe to make, and a perfect recipe to make with small helpers! For the full recipe, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below – but here is a brief overview of how to make this recipe.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare a baking dish by greasing it with butter. You can use a 8 or 9” cast iron skillet, an 8” or 9” ceramic baking dish of any shape, or even a gratin dish. The larger the dish you use, the thinner the clafoutis will be. If you use a smaller dish, it will be thicker.
  3. Prepare your berries by washing them and removing any steps or bruised/squishy berries. Place them evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. (Hint: This is a great step for small helpers!)
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the milk, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until it is well combined and there are no lumps. You could also pulse everything in a blender for about a minute if you are feeling fancy.
  5. Carefully pour the milk mixture over the berries.
  6. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the clafoutis edges are golden brown and have puffed a little and the custard is set in the middle.
  7. Place the baking dish on a wire rack to cool and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. The puffed edges might sink a little during cooling, and that is normal.
  8. Dust with a little powdered sugar, if desired, and then enjoy!

*Note: Be careful not to overcook your clafoutis or it could become rubbery. Insert a toothpick into the center of the custard – if it comes out clean (or mainly covered in blueberry juice), it is done. 

collage of images showing steps to make clafoutis - mixing batter, placing blueberries, and pouring batter

Variations you can make

Clafoutis is great with blueberries, but also works well with strawberries, cherries, peaches or plums.

Can you prep this ahead?

You can prepare clafoutis ahead. Whisk up the batter and store in an airtight container in the fridge up to overnight. You can then assemble and bake when ready.

Baked clafoutis can be refrigerated and kept for up to 3 days, although it is best eaten the day or day after it has been baked. 

Serving information 

Clafoutis is great when served warm from the oven, but it is also great when it is room temperature, or even cold from the fridge! You can rewarm cold leftovers in the microwave for about 30 seconds or so.

Sprinkle this with a little powdered sugar before serving, if you want. You could also serve this with a little lightly sweetened whipped cream or even some vanilla ice cream. 

Foodie Parent Tip: Invite your kids to be in charge of how to serve this. Shall you serve it with powdered sugar, a little whipped cream, or some ice cream? Make them the boss, here!

This makes for an impressive dessert, works great served at brunch, and is lovely at tea-time, too!

cast iron skillet with clafoutis and blueberries

How to make this kid friendly 

Desserts in general tend to be kid friendly, but if your little sous chefs tend to be on the pickier side, there are ways you can help them be a little more open to trying – and enjoying – this recipe. Inviting your kids into the kitchen with you and having open conversations about what you are eating are great ways to get them interested.

How your kids can help you bake

Inviting kids to join you in the kitchen is important and an easy way to help them be open and excited about trying new foods.

Clafoutis is a great dessert for kids to help bake because it is so simple – there are few steps, and the steps are easy for kids of all ages to help with. This is a great recipe to practice measuring, pouring, and whisking!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash the blueberries, butter the pan, measure the ingredients and help spread out the blueberries in the pan.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus help whisk the batter together and pour it over the blueberries.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

overhead view of blueberry clafoutis with napkin and serving utensils

Dinner conversations with kids

Start a great conversation about clafoutis! The more intrigued and involved your kids are in a conversation about what you are eating, the less likely they are to see it as a power struggle and the more likely they are to actually want to eat it.

  • Did you know that Clafoutis comes from a region of France called Limousin? Yup, just like the big long car!
  • Pronounce this like “Claw-foo-tee”
  • What textures can you identify in this dessert? Use words like juicy, creamy, and smooth. What other textures, smells, and tastes can you identity?

Read more about how to explore the sense of taste with your kids.

blueberry clafoutis in cast iron skillet with plate in front and milk behind

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cast iron skillet with blueberry clafoutis with several pieces missing and serving spatula on top

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Yield: 9 Servings

Easy Blueberry Clafoutis Recipe

cast iron skillet with clafoutis and blueberries

Blueberry clafoutis is a classic French dessert that is surprisingly simple and easy to make. A thick and flavorful custard studded with fresh juicy berries, this recipe only takes a few minutes of prep work and is a great treat to make with kids.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cup AE Dairy Whole Milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, for greasing skillet

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
    2. Prepare your berries by washing them and removing any steps or bruised/squishy berries.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, add the milk, flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until it is well combined and there are no lumps.
    4. Prepare a baking dish by greasing it with butter. You can use a 8 or 9” cast iron skillet, an 8” or 9” ceramic baking dish of any shape, or even a gratin dish.
    5. Place the berries evenly in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
    6. Carefully pour the milk mixture over the berries.
    7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the clafoutis edges are golden brown and have puffed a little and the custard is set in the middle.
    8. Place the baking dish on a wire rack to cool and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. The puffed edges might sink a little during cooling, and that is normal.
    9. Dust with a little powdered sugar, if desired, and then enjoy! You can serve as is, or with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Notes

You can replace the blueberries with other fruits as well, such a cherries, plums, or blackberries.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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