Breakfast Blue Plate special

Loads of blueberries are the basis for a fruity clafouti

It’s almost end-of-summer blues, but there’s still time to celebrate the blues — blueberries, that is.

Of course, I’ve already made blueberry jam and blueberry pancakes, but there were some terrific blueberry desserts I wanted to try.

Then again, I didn’t want to eat too many desserts. Well, I solved that problem by simply calling these treats breakfast. Sunday breakfast, that is.

A sprinkling of powdered sugar and the clafoutis is ready to eat

Clafoutis –the end of the word rhymes with “fruity” — is a French recipe which is basically a baked pancake, with a lot of fruit. Julia Child gives a perfectly fine recipe for it, which I changed only very slightly:

Blueberry Clafoutis adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • finely grated zest of a medium lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup flour

Preheat the oven to 350F.

  1. Whisk or blend everything except for the blueberries.
  2. Pour ¼ inch of the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Place in the oven for 5 or so minutes, or until the bottom has set slightly.
  4. Remove from the oven, spread the blueberries across the dish, and pour over the rest of the batter. Smooth over the top.
  5. Place in the middle of the preheated oven and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes or until set. It will puff and brown, and a knife inserted into the middle will come out clean.
  6. Let cool slightly and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar before serving. May be served warm or room temperature.

I thought I would stop with the clafoutis (last Sunday’s breakfast) but this Sunday I realized I couldn’t let the whole blueberry season go by without making at least one Blueberry Boy Bait. The name alone makes me want to bake this!

Blueberry Boy Bait, fresh out of the oven

I wrote about this wonderful cake (and how it got its name) last year in this blog, so you can find the story and recipe here.

With some fruit and eggs, you could justify having cake for breakfast

Somehow, if you call it coffee cake –and if it’s a Sunday — it seems fine to serve it for breakfast, along with The New York Times!

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1 Comment

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One response to “Breakfast Blue Plate special

  1. Joan

    Good morning, Toby. Your scones look and sound delicious, and would be perfect for this wet northwest day. I did want to comment on Anna Thomas’ green soup. I made this last weekend and have been eating it, and complaining, every lunch this week. I followed the recipe and did add some olive oil and salt and pepper, and made it with home made chicken stock, but still found it very bland and tasteless. I am not ready to give up, but will add garlic, basil and whatever else I can think of to “flavor it up.”If you have made it and have some ideas, I would be grateful. Thanks for your always great blog, giovanna

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