Delicious Peach Flaugnarde Recipe
Flaugnarde also known as flagnarde, flognarde or flougnarde. This is a flan-like baked French dessert with fruit arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. Similar to a Clafoutis which is made with black cherries, a Flaugnarde is made with apples, peaches, pears, plums, prunes or other fruits. Resembling a large pancake, the dish is dusted with confectioner’s sugar and can be served either warm or cold.
2 ripe peaches, skin removed and cut in wedges
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (half a stick), melted
4 large eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar for the top
Generously butter a 9 inch round pie baking dish (I used 10 inch round clay dish), set aside. Preheat oven to 360F.
Blanch peaches for easy skin removal. The easiest way you can do this is by boiling a pot of water (large enough for all your peaches). Drop whole peaches into the rapidly boiling water, making sure they are completely submerged. Cover the pot and bring back to a rolling boil. After about 5 minutes, remove the peaches carefully with a large slotted spoon and place them directly in a large bowl of ice water. At this point the skins will slip off easily in your hands, once the peaches are cool enough to handle. Remove the skins. Cut the peaches in half to remove pits and then in slices.
Place your peach slices in a single layer in your baking dish. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together eggs, vanilla extract and half cup sugar. When well combined add in melted butter and whisk together until combined. Add in flour and mix well until you get a very smooth dough with no flour clumps. Add in milk to the flour and egg mixture, and continue mixing.
Using a ladle, carefully add the dough over the peach slices in the baking dish. Do it gently to not disturb the fruit.
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes depending on your oven. When the center is set and the top gets a golden color your Flaugnarde is done.
As soon as you remove the Flaugnarde from the oven sprinkle it with vanilla sugar (you can also use regular white sugar). Let it cool in the pan before slicing.
You can serve the Flaugnarde warm or cold as a dessert or for breakfast. Serve it as is or with fresh fruit on the top (fresh peach slices), or with whipped cream.