Ontario Pear Clafouti

A traditional French countryside dessert, a clafouti is traditionally made with cherries or prunes. This version, with pears and ice cider, adds a Quebec touch to a classic French dessert. In fact, Quebec is a pioneer in the production of ice cider, a drink made from the fermented juice of frozen apples.

Makes 8 servings


Ice cider can be substituted with an equal amount of ice wine or pear liqueur. Vanilla sugar can be substituted with an equal amount of course granulated sugar.


3 ripe Ontario Pears, peeled, cored and halved lengthwise 3
4 tbsp ice cider* 60 ml
1/2 cup + 2 tsp vanilla sugar*, divided 135 ml
4 eggs 4
1/2 cup flour 125 ml
pinch salt pinch
1/2 tbsp créme fraîche or Balkan style yogurt 125 ml
  coarse sugar for garnish  
8 rosemary sprigs for garnish 8
2 tsp unsalted butter 10 ml
1/2 tbsp peeled and grated fresh ginger 7 ml


  1. Place pears in a shallow dish and pour cider over top, coating well.
  2. Allow to marinate for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  4. Butter a 10-inch (25 cm) round porcelain baking dish and sprinkle with 2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla sugar.
  5. In a medium bowl add eggs and remaining 1/2 cup (125 ml) vanilla sugar.
  6. Beat with whisk or mixer for two minutes until smooth; add flour, salt, ginger and crème fraiche.
  7. Drain pears, reserving liquid. Add reserved liquid to egg mixture.
  8. Arrange marinated pear halves in a spiral evenly at the bottom of the baking dish and pour egg mixture over top. B
  9. ake in centre of oven until golden, approximately 30 minutes.
  10. Before serving, sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  11. Cut into slices and garnish each piece with a rosemary sprig.