This is a very rich dessert but it is very smooth and light in texture. It is basically like a crème brulee except it is made of fresh fruits and nuts. Well, almond is always my favorite nuts but my husband prefers it with pine nuts. Recently I made this dessert to share with our friends, Lorna and Jim of Fayetteville, Arkansas for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. I was so glad that it was a success and all of us enjoyed this dessert. We all had a wonderful evening.
12 whole seedless green grapes, washed, stem removed, skinned/skinless, whole/halved
2 large eggs
¼ cup raw sugar
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons ground almond (optional)
Pinch of salt
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cup whole milk
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of butter and fine sugar for greasing and coating of the grapes
Icing sugar for dusting to finish the dish
Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a flan dish/any baking dish/medium-size ramekins with butter and some fine sugar. Set aside. Sprinkle the well drained grapes with some fine sugar and set aside.
Place the eggs, raw sugar, all-purpose flour, ground almond, salt, heavy whipping cream, whole milk, almond extract and vanilla extract into a blender/mixing bowl. Pulse/whisk until all the ingredients are well blended and frothy. Pour the custard mixture into the greased flan dish/any baking dish/ramekins. Gently place each grapes into the custard mixture the way you want to decorate.
Transfer the dish to the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or inserted a cake tester in the center of the dish and comes out clean, it is done. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely. Dust on top of the clafoutis with some icing sugar.