Banana Clafouti Sunday November 20th, 2016

Banana Clafouti
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½ cup (125ml) All-purpose flour
¼ cup (50ml) Granulated sugar
4 Eggs
1 tsp (5ml) Vanilla extract
2 cups (500ml) Milk/ skim milk
2 Bananas
2 tsp (10ml) Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1) Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease or spray with a non-stick spray a 9-inch (23 cm) deep-dish glass pie plate or a 8-inch (20 cm) glass baking dish.
2) In a bowl, combine flour and sugar; whisk in eggs and vanilla until blended. Gradually whisk in milk until frothy. Set aside.
3) Cut bananas into thin slices and place in a bowl with lemon juice. Toss gently to coat in juice. Arrange banana slices in the bottom of prepared baking dish, overlapping slightly. Gently pour milk mixture over top of bananas.
4) Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until top is golden brown and centre is puffed. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Serve warm or let cool completely.
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Recipe Review by Stephanie Yu

Clafouti is a famous french dessert and it is usually served with whipped cream. Its fancy name may mislead people to think that it is impossible to make by the average person. However, it is fairly easy and quick to make! The dessert can be served hot or cold. When hot, it has a fluffy texture with a custard flavor; whereas when served cold, it resembles more like a hard egg pudding. Besides banana, other fruits such as apples and apricots can also be used. If preferred, whipped cream can be substituted by fresh fruits or Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative.

For those who like desserts with just a hint of sweetness, this Clafouti would be perfect. The sweetness of the dessert mainly comes from the bananas and milk. No extra sugar is sprinkled on top in order to further cut down the amount of sugar. (A little health tip: it is better to use natural sugar as the main source of sweetness in desserts and cut down the added sugar! These added sugars can increase your calorie intakes and may lead to weight gain.) Moreover, it is low in fat as no butter or vegetable oil is used. Most importantly, this dessert provides great nutritional benefits, mainly from the bananas. They are great sources of potassium which is essential for controlling blood pressure and proper muscular function. The dietary fiber in bananas also helps you to feel full for a longer period of time. Thus, this is a great snack to fill you up between the long period of time between lunch and dinner. J’espère que tu l’aimes (I hope you will like it)!

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