This recipe is based on Julia Child’s recipe for Cherry Clafoutis in Mastering the Art of French Cooking; v. 1.(Knopf, 1883.) This baked custard originated in central
Because it goes from the stovetop to the oven, it is absolutely vital to have a baking dish that is both deep and able to handle high, direct heat. I prefer to use an All-Clad stainless steel gratin pan, but a cast iron skillet or a heavy-bottomed, medium sized sauté pan will work as well.
1-1/4 cups low fat milk
1-1/3 cup sugar
3 large AA eggs
1 Tbsp. almond extract
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2-3 medium Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1/3 cup sugar
In a food processor or blender, combine the milk, one cup of sugar, eggs, almond extract, salt and flour. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Place a lightly buttered 6-to 8-cup, stovetop-safe baking dish over medium heat and let it warm just until the butter begins to melt slightly. As if you were making a pancake, pour a 1/4 inch layer of the batter onto the surface of the dish. Tilt the sides of the dish if necessary to get the entire surface covered with the batter. Cook until the batter just sets. Remove from the heat and place the apples, curved side up, on top of the cooked batter. Sprinkle on the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar. Pour the remaining batter over the apples. Bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes to an hour. The top will be brown and slightly cracked, and a knife inserted into the center should come out clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Serves 6 to 8
This is a recipe based on Richard Olney’s version of aioli,
published in Simple French Food (Wiley, 1992). It is
adapted from a more traditional recipe which calls for more than twice the
garlic called for here-you can certainly up the ante if you wish, but be sure
your guests are ready and willing to partake.
Enthusiasts insist that this dish be made by hand in a mortar and pestle
as it is in
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tsp. sea salt
1-2 large AA egg yolks at room temperature, whisked well
1-2 cups extra-virgin olive oil (a mellow Greek or French is ideal), plus more if needed
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 tsp. lukewarm water, plus more as needed
Crush the garlic with the sea salt until a rough paste forms. Add the whisked eggs. Beat the eggs and salt-garlic paste together with the pestle until slightly thickened. While turning the ingredients around the mortar with the pestle, slowly add olive oil by drops: begin with about a tablespoon’s worth and then follow with another dribble, also about a tablespoon’s worth. When it is well incorporated, add two more tablespoons in a slow, steady stream until it is well mixed. At this point it should begin to get a little thick. Do not stop mixing while adding the oil; this will break the emulsion that is being created. Add the lemon juice and about a teaspoon of the lukewarm water. Continue to add olive oil while mixing continuously. After every quarter cup of oil or so, add a touch more water to thin out the mixture.
If the aioli breaks, empty out the ingredients and add 1 more egg yolk to the empty mortar. Add a few drops of lemon juice, and add the broken aioli, spoonful by spoonful, back to this mixture while stirring with the pestle.
Serve aioli with the following accompaniments:
Boiled red potatoes, chilled and sliced in half
Blanched green beans
Peeled raw carrots, celery and radishes
Hard-boiled eggs, chilled and quartered
Boiled artichokes, trimmed and halved
Assorted cured meats
Pickled cucumbers and onions
The Gallo-Roman spice route that once passed through Dijon not only
picked up and distributed the native spicy mustard seed, but dropped
off some flavors along the way. Cumin, fennel, coriander and chiles
are all seasonings that were inherited from France's robust trade with
the east. France came by oranges in the same manner, and they're still a common ingredient in southern dishes. This recipe was inspired by a visit to Jim Drohman’s Le
Pichet in downtown
3 cups mixed olives, pit in
1 Tbsp. “fruity” extra-virgin olive oil, preferably French or Greek
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp. each coriander cumin and mustard seed
½ tsp. chile flake
2 strips orange zest, pith removed
Drain olives well. Wrap olives in a heavy cloth towel and gently pound them with a heavy pan or the flat side of a meat mallet to break the olives’ skin. Do not remove pits. In a skillet over low heat, toast coriander, cumin, mustard seed and chile flake until just fragrant. With a mortar and pestle or in a coffee grinder, process seeds gently until just crushed-do not pulverize. Warm the olive oil in a wide skillet on low heat. Add garlic and orange zest and heat until fragrant. Add olives and herbs and stir well to coat. Let the olives heat through until they are warm to the touch, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately or let cool, store in a container and refrigerate.
Though this dish is fairly ubiquitous throughout France, it is sometimes considered a specialty of northern France. The featured ingredient is sole, and typically only Dover sole is used. Anyone who's been across the channel knows that Normandy is just across the water a tad from Dover's white cliffs. A traditional sole meuniere is usually prepared whole, bone and skin on, and filleted at the table for guests. This requires some deft handwork, a really fancy pan, and plenty of patience. It is one of the most remarkable dishes in the French canon, not just for its presentation but for its simplicity. If you read her biography (or saw the movie) you’ll recognize this dish as the one that turned Julia Child from someone who “just ate” into someone who fell in love with an entire cuisine. Still, the difficulty of executing it in a home kitchen is a little daunting. This recipe is one that I watched Ina Garten make on her wonderful show, The Barefoot Contessa. I have followed it almost exactly as it was published on the Food Network’s website and in her book, Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavors from Basic Ingredients (Potter, 2008), because it’s completely flawless and built for the home cook.
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. Kosher salt and
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 fresh skinless sole fillets
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
6 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. and have 2 heat-proof dinner plates ready.
Combine the flour, salt, and a few grinds of pepper in a large shallow plate. Pat the fillets dry with paper towels and sprinkle one side with salt.
Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat until it starts to brown. Dredge 2 sole fillets in the seasoned flour on both sides and place them in the hot butter. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes. Turn carefully with a metal spatula and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. While the second side cooks, add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to the pan. Carefully put the fish filets on the ovenproof plates and pour the sauce over them. Keep the cooked fillets warm in the oven while you repeat the process with the remaining 2 fillets. When they're done, add the cooked fillets to the plates in the oven. Sprinkle with the parsley, salt, and pepper and serve immediately.