recipe ju ju: a week in review: cherry clafouti + lemon yogurt hotcakes

Kitchen luck. Sometimes I’ve totally got it. Other times, totally not. This week was iffy. For an anniversary dessert, I made a cherry clafouti. Definitely fun to say, very pretty to look at, but fun to eat? I dunno, it didn’t turn out like I had expected. Maybe I don’t like custard, but this was definitely too eggy for my tastes. Cornelius likened it to a cherry omlette, so despite my best efforts and a Julia Child recipe, I don’t think I’ll be making this again.

Later in the week, my kitchen luck was hitting high again. After spotting a Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook pancake recipe over at Eat Me Delicious, my breakfast mind was made up. So I grabbed my Rebar cookbook copy off my shelf and got to work. Of course, I didn’t have oranges so I substituted lemon zest and lemon juice and I used vanilla yogurt instead of plain, but breakfast worked out wonderfully. These pancakes were fluffy, lemony and incredible! Finally, kitchen luck was back on my side!

Yesterday I again played with my kitchen luck and got burned…literally. Earlier this week, we bought a little bbq for our balcony and we decided to fire it up for a little salmon dinner. Well, this salmon was a porker and ended up dripping so much fat that the fire got a bit out of control. Fear not, the fire department wasn’t called in, but it resulted in some pretty charred fish. However, once the charred skin was peeled back and the pretty pink flesh was revealed…oh my, so tasty! My salmon marinade was simple….juice and zest of 1 lime and 3 cloves of garlic. That’s it. Delicious.

Later on, I decided to make the “world peace cookies” I saw over at Culinary in the Desert. While I snickered at the name (what can I say, I’m jaded) and while Cornelius kept making bad jokes (“I think an 80’s hippy came up with the name….no, not 80 hippies…a hippy from the 1980’s!”), I freaked him out by leaving the brown logs nestled in the fridge. While the cookies were okay, there was a lot of work involved and by a lot of work I just mean rolling the dough into brown logs (which are great for freaking out guests) and waiting 3 hours before baking. Next time I have a craving for peace, I’ll stick to these double chocolate cookies instead. Lucky for vegans, you can easily sub Earth Balance margerine to either of these recipes and get good results.

13 comments to “recipe ju ju: a week in review: cherry clafouti + lemon yogurt hotcakes”

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    Rachel   June 29, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    i made a blackberry clafouti last year that wasn’t too eggy tasting. More like a souffle.

    re: world peace cookies: they seemed like a lot of work for just a chocolate cookie to me too.

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    Craig   June 29, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Hey J,

    I’ve tried to make clafouti twice before – failed both times. I’ve had clafouti at Clafouti in Toronto and was left feeling that clafouti is one of those desserts that a person thinks they should like but is really not that good. Have you ever made a pavlova? Pavlova is elegant and simple and a great way to eat fresh summer fruits.

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    Irene   June 29, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    I had a similar problem with my first and only cherry clafouti. Cherry omelette about sums it.
    But the Korova cookies are definitely worth the effort (original name that Pierre Herme gave to the cookes now called ‘world peace’)–they are fabulously delicious.

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    Joanne   June 29, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Hmmm, I’m no longer the first one to leave a comment…why you ask? because I have joined the rat race! I am officially a 9 to 5-er or rather an 8:30 am to 5-er :/

    It looks as if someone has been busy in the kitchen whipping up a storm…but she’s not in the kitchen with ‘Dinah’ as the nonsensical song goes…she’s in the kitchen with, errr…brown logs? ha ha ha

    Some of the best recipes are discovered by faux pas and “mistakes.” The clafouti looks awesome but yeah, I can totally understand the eggy taste being off-putting.

    The lemon yoghurt pancakes would be a major hit here at home. And I know just the person to whip them up for me while I snooze a little longer this long weekend…

    I guess world peace cookies seemed more promising in theory…much like politics 😉

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    robina   June 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

    i’ve been meaning to make those worldpeace cookies since everyone’s been raving about them…but now i’m not so sure since i trust your judgment. hmmmmm!

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    kickpleat   June 30, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Irene, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! It’s good to see other clafouti dissenters here 🙂

    Rachel, mmmm, a blackberry souffle sounds good! And don’t even bother with the wpc…so not worth the hassle.

    Yay, Craig!! I’m glad yer a clafouti hater too. I feel so much better about myself now too 🙂 As for pavlova, I’m a devotee! I love it…it was the first dessert I made when C’s parents were over for the 1st time. Super impressive!

    Joanne, you got a job? Do tell! I hope you get a batch of pancakes to enjoy this long weekend!!

    Robina, it’s totally not worth the hassle. Next time I make those double chocolate chip cookies I linked too, I’m going to add some fleur du sel just to make ’em extra tasty. Forget about the wpc. Totally not worth it at all.

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    Patricia Scarpin   July 2, 2007 at 7:06 am

    I’ve had an eye on those pancakes ever since I saw them – your version with lemon is fantastic, too!

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    kickpleat   July 3, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Thanks Patricia, the lemon worked so well but I’d love to try the original version too.

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    dynagrrl   July 5, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I also made clafouti that tasted like nasty eggy cherry omelette. It was early in my cooking adventures, but a second atempt rendered the same thing. And I second Craig’s idea to make pavlova… Nigella Lawson has a chocolate pavlova that is fantastic! We use Dagoba spicy chocolate powder, and it’s incredible! Good luck!

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    kickpleat   July 10, 2007 at 12:55 am

    dynagrrl, i’m glad i’m not alone with clafouti! i love pavlova and i’m sure a chocolate version would be to die for!

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    Tanya   July 14, 2007 at 9:30 am

    another cherry clafouti dissenter here. it looked pretty, but was only edible with copious amounts of vanilla ice cream. oh well….at least i can cross it off my list of things to try!

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    jade   December 19, 2008 at 7:36 am

    u mean sugarless plain yoghurt or the sweetened kind?

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    kickpleat   December 19, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Jade, I used sweetened vanilla yogurt, but the plain unsweetened yogurt would do fine as well.

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