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Emergency Dessert: Canned Fruit Clafouti

Uh-oh! Entertaining, I love it. Can’t get enough, but when friends decided to stop by recently I was unprepared. Luckily, I had everything on hand to make my favorite go-to dessert. Everything except the fruit that is.

A clafouti without fruit is basically just a dense custard — not particularly interesting. What I did have, hidden in the back of my pantry for some reason, was a can of peaches…

I know! Peaches in heavy syrup. Don’t they just remind you of icky school lunch fruit and nursing homes?

I have to say I wasn’t sure my friends would still talk to me after I fed them these bad boys, but with chit chat abounding and a highly understocked fridge they were my only choice.

Off to the kitchen I went to make the most of our dessert choices.

Step 1: Rinse and drain the syrup

Step 2: Gather pantry items.  Clafouti is a great dessert to make on the fly because the ingredients are generally stuff you have laying around.

Step 3: Get fluffy

Step 4: Pour & Bake

Step 5: Impress yourself friends with your canned cooking prowess

Canned fruit is way cheaper than fresh, so if you’re on a budget but still looking to impress guests, or just make a deliciously mild dessert, clafouti is about as cheap and simple as you can get.


  • 2 cups seasonal fruit (canned peaches or pears will do in a pinch)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups 1/2 & 1/2 (or whole milk, or heavy cream)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla


Pre-heat oven at 450 degrees.

Arrange fruit at the bottom of oven safe dish, or cast iron skillet.

Combine flour, sugar, nutmeg, salt, eggs, vanilla, and half & half.  Beat until mixture is airy.

Pour mixture over fruit.   Slice butter and place dabs over mixture to help brown.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes (until a knife comes out clean from center of dish).  Sprinkle granulated sugar to the top approximately 5 minutes before finished baking.

2 Responses to Emergency Dessert: Canned Fruit Clafouti

  1. This recipe has been added to my “intent to try out” file. You are now on notice of my unexpected visit at some point in the future during which I hope to be served this.

  2. I’ll be sure to keep canned fruit around for just such an occasion.

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