Berry Clafoutis (Baked Custard)

If you were keeping track of our blueberries and what we were doing with them, you might have thought we had used most of them and that blueberry recipes were finished. Or, that we wouldn’t have possibly bought more berries at a farmer’s market because they were a great price, especially for organic ones, and they looked sooooo good….or maybe you can believe it? I get a bit obsessed with berries in the summer. We have so many varieties out here in the Seattle area, and they seem to have such a long season here. I love it! K also loves it because he loves berry treats for his birthday desserts, and I try to find new ways of giving him these treats.

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The Tartine cookbook has been great for getting me to branch out with treats I never would have thought to make before. This recipe is another extension for me. K loves flan desserts because he grew up with his mom making numerous versions with canned fruit, plain, and so on. Then, of course, there is the classic egg tart in Chinese cooking. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday this year, and he wasn’t super interested in anything except that he didn’t want cake. So, I followed his wishes (except to make a small personal ice cream cake for him) and made this baked custard.

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Vanilla Ice Cream (with brownie chunks)

Since last week I had veggie week, I decided to make this week ice cream/sorbet week in honor of my husband’s birthday on Thursday. My ice cream maker has been getting so much use this summer, especially with all of the ice cream books I keep picking up. All of the recipes this week come from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. This first one is his basic vanilla ice cream. He has two versions, one is egg-less, and then there is this one, which is custard-style. I like having the eggs for certain basic flavors because I think it helps create a nice strong base. Besides, my husband loves eggs.

His method is a little different than what I’m used to with ice cream because instead of the basic bowl in an ice bath, he puts some of the cream in the bowl. I decided to try it and see how it worked. It did not seem to be any different in taste or ease, and it does not use any extra bowls, so I am calling it a draw. For his recipes I may just keep doing it because it worked fine, but for other ice cream recipes I might stick to my old method, like I did here.

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