Ahh Christmastime. Tis the season of overdoing it; from gaudy decorations, to boozing it up at work parties, to stuffing our faces full of sweets. Thanksgiving serves as a gateway drug to our overindulgences that we carry on through January 2nd. Everyone needs a monster-sized, hangover-curing breakfast scramble and a little hair of the dog come Jan 1, right? Most of us lose at least a little willpower and succumb to our inner addicts this time of year. But you know what? It’s ok. We all deserve to let loose and loosen our belts for a few weeks a year.
Since Christmas Day generally tends to be a relapse into the turkey, mashers and pie habit we got hooked on a month before, I suggest a simple breakfast that satisfies the 5 am wake up call without weighing you down.
This Cranberry Orange Cardamom Clafoutis recipe is just that. It’s easy, beautiful, fulfilling and as festive as fudge. The mouth-puckering tart cranberries get sweet with a sugary orange zest, a little spicy with a dash of aromatic cardamom and all wrapped up in a creamy, custardy, crepe-like batter.
Waking up to a fresh blanket of snow, a Cranberry Orange Cardamom Clafoutis, and a pile of gifts under the tree is a solid start to one of the most indulgent days of the year. Enjoy it while it lasts and let the Christmas spirit ring. Later, you’ll have some pumpkin pie and maybe do some caroling.
- granulated sugar - 1/2 cup orange - 1
- fresh cranberries - 8 ounces
- all purpose flour - 3/4 cup
- cardamom - 1 teaspoon
- cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
- salt - 1/8 teaspoon
- buttermilk - 3/4 cup
- butter (softened) - 3 tablespoons
- pure vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
- orange blossom water (optional) - 1 tablespoon
- eggs at room temperature - 4
- powdered sugar - 1-2 tablespoons
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Finely zest the peel of 1 orange. In a bowl, mix the orange zest with the sugar until the zest is fully covered in sugar and the sugar is a pretty orange hue. Set aside.
- Grease a 9" baking pan with butter or cooking spray and fill the greased baking pan with cranberries.
- Whisk together the flour, 1/3 cup of the orange zest sugar, cardamom, cinnamon and salt.
- Using a stand mixer or by hand, slowly stir in the buttermilk followed by the butter, vanilla and orange blossom water. Mix until fully incorporated.
- While the mixer is on low, slowly add the eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated.
- Add the vanilla and orange blossom water and blend until the batter is smooth.
- Carefully pour the batter into the baking dish over the cranberries.
- Place the baking dish on a baking sheet and bake on 400° for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350° and bake for another 25-30 minutes until slightly puffy with golden edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Place on a cooling rack and sprinkle the remaining orange peel sugar over the top.
- Once the clafoutis has cooled down and is still warm, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Best served while still warm, with a cup of coffee on a cold winter morning.