Looking for an – almost – “all you can eat” dessert? Something sweet that you can have in the evening without suffering any consequences? Try this super easy grape pudding, my “midlife crisis” version of a classic French comfort food called “clafoutis.”
Real “clafoutis” is made with cherries but cherries are expensive and hard to find. After trying different alternatives, I’ve selected grapes. They are sweet – great for sugar craving – but low in calories (grapes are 80% water) and the perfect “aging women” fruit. Thanks to their high flavonoids (polyphenols) content, red grapes are a powerful antioxidant; their seeds are even used to fight collagen loss. Grapes are also a classic for “detox” purposes: liver draining and particularly efficient against water retention. According to different scientific studies, red grapes skin and seeds also help maintain healthy blood pressure, and lower levels of cholesterol.
So yes, this is why “a glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away”…
And now, let’s cook!
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Makes: Well, 4 to 8 portions…
What you need: Medium size baking pan (I used a 9-inch square)
- 1.5 pounds of red grapes
- 4 eggs
- 1 heaped 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of milk
- Butter for the pan
What to do:
- Preheat oven at 400°
- Butter the baking pan (pudding will look nicer in a glass one)
- Fill the bottom of the dish with red grapes. Two layers are fine.
- Mix (in a mixer or whisk) flour, eggs, sugar, and milk until there are no lumps.
- Pour the batter on grapes. Grapes should be barely covered.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 400 °, until the top is golden brown.
- Serve warm or cold
Géraldine Smith, a Parisian born in 1965, worked as a special correspondent in Africa before she became editor-in-chief of cultural magazine Epok. Married to an American academic and writer, she currently lives with her family in North Carolina.