A beautiful spring dessert, this rhubarb clafoutis is simple, delicious, and makes the most of that first spring fruit. Made with just 7 ingredients! If you've never had a clafoutis, you're in for a treat. It's a French pudding dessert that should be made with cherries - this is actually a Flaugnarde as it doesn't include cherries - made very simply with eggs, milk, sugar, and a bit of flour.

If you love baked puddings like this, try our blueberry clafoutis, rhubarb custard bars, or decadent croissant bread pudding.

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Ingredients

Rhubarb clafoutis ingredients with labels.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Eggs: these should be large eggs, at room temperature. To quickly bring eggs up to room temperature, submerge them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes before use.
  • Milk: use whole milk, or mix in a little cream to make a richer custard.
  • Sugar: use plain white sugar, cane sugar, or vanilla sugar.
  • Rhubarb: fresh rhubarb is necessary for this recipe. Frozen rhubarb turns out soggy after baking. Toss it in sugar before adding to the clafoutis to take that tart edge off.
  • Make it dairy-free: use a can of full-fat coconut milk to replace the milk. There will be a very slight coconut flavour, but it's a good substitution.

How to Make Rhubarb Clafoutis

Rhubarb flaugnarde steps 1 to 4, mixing the batter, coating rhubarb in sugar, and before baking.

Step 1: whisk the eggs until foamy, then mix in the milk and vanilla. Whisk in the dry ingredients.

Step 2: pour the batter into a greased baking dish.

Step 3: toss the rhubarb with sugar.

Step 4: top with the rhubarb, and bake until golden.

Top Tips

  • No need to peel: unless it's very late in the season and your rhubarb is tough and old, it doesn't need to be peeled.
  • Use a deep dish: it needs to be deep enough to allow for about a doubling in size when the custard puffs up, so keep that in mind.
  • Don't worry if it falls: the clafoutis will probably have puffed up quite significantly in the oven and it will fall when it comes out. That doesn't mean you did anything wrong, it's just how this dessert works.

FAQ

Why is clafoutis rubbery?

If your clafoutis turns out rubbery, chances are it's just over-baked. Reduce the baking time next time and keep in mind that the middle should be soft and barely set.

What fruits are in clafoutis?

A clafoutis is only made with cherries. The same type of baked custard dessert with other fruit is called a flaugnarde.

Do you eat clafoutis warm or cold?

Clafoutis should be served cold, slightly warm, or room temperature, because it needs to set fully. It's too soft when very hot.

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Top-down view of a rhubarb-topped clafoutis with lilacs around.
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Rhubarb Clafoutis

A beautiful spring dessert, this rhubarb clafoutis is simple, delicious, and makes the most of that first spring fruit. Made with just 7 ingredients!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Yield: 6 people

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons or a digital kitchen scale
  • 8 inch (20 cm) baking dish
  • 2 Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons or a digital kitchen scale

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rhubarb cut into 9 cm (3 inch) pieces
  • ½ cup + 3 tablespoons sugar divided
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups full-fat milk or canned coconut milk*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Butter or coconut oil for greasing the pan

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a 8 inch (20 cm) baking dish with butter or coconut oil.
    Butter
  • Place the rhubarb pieces into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix to coat the rhubarb in the sugar and set aside.
    2 cups rhubarb, ½ cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until foamy. Add the milk and vanilla, whisking again to combine, followed by the flour, ½ cup (50 grams) of sugar, and salt. Gently mix until just combined.
    4 large eggs, 1 ¾ cups full-fat milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ cup all-purpose flour, 1 pinch sea salt
  • Pour the clafoutis batter into the prepared baking dish and top with the sugared rhubarb.
  • Top the clafoutis with the last remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges and top of the clafoutis are golden and the middle is just set. It will puff up significantly in the oven and fall when removed, this is normal.
  • Cool the clafoutis for 15 minutes before serving. Leftovers will keep for a day or two in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Notes

* This is one can of full-fat coconut milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 127mg

Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. If this information is important to you, please have it verified independently.

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