Word of Mouth: Flognarde

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Flognarde [flow nyard] n. Also flaugnarde - a clafoutis made with a fruit other than cherries.

We really love clafoutis - the easy breakfast cross between a custard and a cake. We've talked about Big Pancake and Apple Pancake, which are very similar to clafoutis - oven-baked pancakes that puff spectacularly and descend into custardy goodness. We've also made a basic cherry and berry clafoutis.

But imagine our surprise, when we went to make a version with figs and plums, to find that the name clafoutis is only reserved for cherries! If you make a clafoutis with other fruit, technically it's called a flognarde or flaugnarde. Who knew.

Check out this eGullet thread - they are discussing making a flognarde with sugared pumpkin! Yum.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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