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#Recipe: Apple & Ginger Clafouti

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Della says…

Apple and Ginger Clafouti

(serves 8 – or two very hungry eat-loadsers – one slice shown in picture)


Preparation time – about 15 mins (not including cooking)


4 – 5 medium sized cooking apples

500g fat free fromage frais (I use Tesco light choices Natural Normandy Fromage Frais)

4 eggs

5 tbs artificial sweetener – plus sweetener for apple (to taste)

Ginger root – inch or so finely chopped (or ground ginger)

Nutmeg (pinch)

Cinnamon (pinch)

4 Cloves

Vanilla pod or dash of vanilla essence

2 or 3 tbs of water


Preheat oven to 150 degrees C/Gas mark 2.

Peel apples and slice into saucepan (discard cores) Add sweetener to taste, 4 cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, half the ginger, water to stop sticking. Then simmer gently on hob until apples soft.

Meanwhile, beat together the eggs, fromage frais, 5 tbs of sweetener. Add the remainder of the chopped ginger, the vanilla pod if using or vanilla essence.

Spread softened apples over a large flan dish (remove the 4 cloves if you prefer not to bite into them later). Then cover apples with fromage frais mix and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Keep an eye on it – I find this can burn quite easily once it’s nearly cooked. When it is cooked it will feel spongy and the edges will have started to brown.

You can serve this dessert hot or cold – each are equally yummy, and you can also wear a halo whilst eating it. It is very low fat and delicious.  NB In the picture ours is shown with a dusting of icing sugar – this is not essential, and will detract from its angelic properties 🙂

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