A Sunday in the Country – and Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis (sugar free, dairy free, gluten free)

Today we headed out to the countryside around Castres for Sunday lunch with the Great Aunties Maïté and Claire. Maïté moved into her new house around the time the Marsupial was born, so I’d never been before. It’s a great country house in the perfect location – surrounded by rolling hills and old farms (and the odd Mc Mansion) but only a few minutes from town. And only 45 minutes from us. We DO have family nearby after all 🙂



Sheets drying in the sun, and a cutie pie

Sheets drying in the sun, and a cutie pie

Marsousou going for a walk

Marsousou going for a walk with Mommy



Sunshine, violets, primavera, birdsong – might spring finally be here? It seems ungrateful to be so eager to see the backside of this winter, considering how relatively short and sweet it was (remember the Indian summer of 2014? it was warm til November here). But my mood has been unusually affected by the short days and cold weather this year (well, that and post partum crap). So, GOODBYE WINTER!! See You Next Time.

Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free - Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis

Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free – Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis

Dessert and coffee in the sun

Dessert and coffee in the sun



Maïté is also on a sugar free, dairy free, gluten free diet, so that was a perfect excuse to try out this recipe I dreamed up in the night. Vaguely (very vaguely) based on the clafoutis recipe Mom and we kids have used for years (3 eggs, 3 Ts flour, 3 Ts icing sugar, 3 Ts crème fraîche combined and poured over sliced fruit), this one is just as delicious. Theoretically you could make it with almost any cookable fruit, but because it is sugar free it’s probably best to use something a bit sweet. Pears worked perfectly.

Easy Peasy Pear Clafoutis

Peel, slice and arrange in an oiled pie dish:

  • 4 pears

Combine and pour over the fruit:

  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of powdered almonds
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of coconut cream
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Bake for 25 minutes at 200°C.


Quote of the day

[In a preface to his book The Divided Self]

“But let it stand. This was the work of an old young man. If I am older, I am now also younger.” – R.D. Laing