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Wednesday 26th March 2008

Hay Hay it’s Donna Day #19 - The Clafoutis Edition

Hay Hay Hay, have you heard?!
It’s my turn again! I get to host the #19 round of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day! (I hosted waaaay back in July 2006 for the 4th round!)


Donna Hay’s “Plum and Chocolate Clafoutis”

Yes, I was absolutely delighted to hear from Bordeaux a week or so ago, that I had won the #18 round hosted over at his blog Marita Says with my Coconut and Lime Chocolate Tart creations.

I am a big fan of Donna Hay’s style and her “special made simple” recipes and as most of you will know this very popular food blogging event is the brainchild of my good friend Barbara over at Winos and Foodies.

Now one of the best things about being the host of this event is that you get to choose the theme, and which of Donna Hay’s delicious recipes will lead the festivities! I was so excited flipping through my huge piles of Donna magazines and recipe books. I initially started out jotting down a fairly long list of possibilities. I struggled on, managing to trim the list down to 3 possible recipes. It was at that stage I had to call up three and fourpence, errr, I mean reinforcements to help make the final decision.


Over Summer we were so very fortunate to indulge in masses of berries, many from our own garden and others from a local berry farm. Naturally I served them in many different forms, but countless times we enjoyed them as “Berry Island” as it was coined by our girls. For breakfast, brunch and dessert, yes, this dish is well loved any time of the day in the Marshall household. So it’s with the help of all 4 of us Clafoutis loving Marshalls that I bring to you…


Hay Hay it’s Donna Day round #19 - THE CLAFOUTIS EDITION!

As the Summer berry season is well and truly over down here I chose one of Donna’s recipes that included Autumnal plums. The recipe featured in Donna Hay Magazine’s Autumn issue last year (Issue 32, page: 118). As an added bonus, this recipe not only includes Plums, but it is in fact “Plum and CHOCOLATE Clafoutis!”

However, to enter this event you can make any variation on Clafoutis, either using Berries, (btw… Donna has another delicious looking recipe for “Mixed Berry Clafoutis in her past Christmas Issue, (Issue 36, page: 108) or the more traditional cherry clafoutis. You could create a sweet clafoutis with chocolate, vanilla flavours or a savoury clafoutis with vegetables… whatever takes your fancy!

Also you can enter as many times as you like* - make as many clafoutis as you care to or have the eggs for!
But please make each entry to this round a new blog post and mark it specifically for the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day #19 - The Clafoutis Edition event.


So, to tie up the remaining loose ends or questions you may have…here are the “RULES!” Although, to be honest, I’m not really one for following the ‘rules’ - but apparently according to Barbara I have to post these few points up:

  1. - Hay Hay It’s Donna Day is open to all food and wine bloggers.
  2. - Entries submitted for HHDD must be made specifically for this event, (*I made the bit up about entering as many times as you like - so I hope I don’t get in trouble for that one!) although photos may be submitted to Does My Blog Look Good In This.
  3. - The host (that’s me!) will select, make and post the original Donna Hay recipe without any changes. (See below!)
  4. - Participants may make the same recipe as is, or put their own spin on the recipe by altering the ingredients whilst remaining true to the original theme.
  5. - Entrants should include a link to the host (that be me again -!) in their post.
  6. - Entries can be made at any time once the event has been announced (i.e. from now on) but must be posted and emailed to the host (me!) by the closing date.
  7. - Deadline for all posts to be up and submitted is Monday April 28th, 2008. I will be posting the round up shortly after that and voting will then begin!
  8. - Email all your entries to clafouti_contact-copy.jpg DEADLINE EXTENDED TO April 28th, 2008.
  9. - In your email, please include the following information: your blog name, your name, your location, your recipe name, and the permalink/url to your entry.


And lastly but by no mean least… the RECIPE!

  • Plum and Chocolate Clafoutis - Donna Hay’s Original Recipe
  • 1/3 cup (50g/1 3/4oz) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup (30g/1oz) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/3 cup (75g/2 2/3oz) caster (superfine) sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz) (single or pouring) cream
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 20g (3/4 oz) unsalted butter
  • 6 blood plums, halved and stones removed
  1. Preheat the oven to 180degC (355degF).
  2. Place the flour, cocoa and sugar in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, place the vanilla, eggs and cream and stir to combine.
  4. Add the vanilla mixture to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  5. Stir in the chocolate.
  6. Divide the butter between 2 x 2 cup (500ml/16 fl oz) capacity 13cm (5in) frying pans over a medium heat until melted.
  7. Pour over the chocolate mixture, top with the plum halves and bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and cooked through.
  8. Makes 2.

So what are you waiting for?!
Flood my inbox with Clafoutis!!



  1. Lovely Bron. Funny but today I was in the fruit shop thinking about making clafoutis and looking for cherries. Plenty of plums around here so I’m in luck. Great theme. Looking forward to all the entries. Thanks for hosting.

    barbara — Wednesday 26th March 2008 10:55 pm

  2. I so can’t believe this! We now live miles and miles apart but are somehow connected through food. How beautiful is that?

    Your clafoutis looks delicious (I’m just in love with the pan you used, sooo pretty).

    xx fanny

    fanny — Wednesday 26th March 2008 11:18 pm

  3. ps. I’m probably going to have to make a chocolate clafoutis, you know to take part of hhdd (haaa excuses excuses…)

    fanny — Wednesday 26th March 2008 11:20 pm

  4. YAAAAAY! I have never made clafoutis before but I have LONG been wanting to after I came across it in so many food blogs :) Oh yes! I am thrilled at the theme you picked Bron and so so so excited! I can’t wait! :) :) :)

    joey — Wednesday 26th March 2008 11:56 pm

  5. How fun! I just made my first clafoutis las week to see what all the fuss was about. It was different but good. I didn’t know they came in chocolate too! I am thrilled to try out a few more recipes for this!

    Gretchen Noelle — Thursday 27th March 2008 12:40 am

  6. congrats on the win, Bron! And thanks for choosing clafoutis as the next HHDD theme!!! I was just thinking about making clafoutis yesterday, and you have just given me the required push to materialise the plan. :)

    Mandy — Thursday 27th March 2008 7:55 am

  7. Clafoutis! I’m so thrilled about this - I’ve been very much into clafoutis lately and made a couple (savoury) recipes. Great theme, Bron!

    Suzana — Thursday 27th March 2008 11:12 am

  8. oh dear, i’ve made plum chocolate clafoutis! great dessert!

    arfi — Thursday 27th March 2008 11:57 am

  9. I have never heard of, or made Clafoutis, but I am thrilled to research and participate!!!!!

    Anticiplate — Thursday 27th March 2008 5:16 pm

  10. Congrats Bron, those lime chocolate tarts looked divine & I knew they would win #18!! What lovely photos in this post. And the clafoutis looks fabulous. I have no more excuses for not making this wonderful dish.Have long wanted to try but never got there. Will try your (Donna’s) recipe soonest! Thanx :)

    Colleen — Friday 28th March 2008 12:47 am

  11. Gotta start choosing the recipe now!
    Your clafoutis is absolutely stunning, Bron - as usual! :)

    Patricia Scarpin — Friday 28th March 2008 3:57 am

  12. What a fun idea - I’ve never made a clafoutis before - but I sure love to eat them!! :)

    Katie B. — Friday 28th March 2008 4:06 am

  13. Congrats on winning the last round. I do like a good clafoutis, partially down to saying its name alone. :)

    Annemarie — Friday 28th March 2008 11:56 am

  14. Hi Bron, I don’t want to be a tattletale, but I thought you might want to know this. I just saw your beautiful clafoutis photo on Tastespotting. It was submitted by Gingerbreadgirl03 and she did not link to this post. And she spelled your name wrong! I thought that was pretty rude.

    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy — Friday 28th March 2008 1:29 pm

  15. I love clafoutis & this one with chocolate & plums have to be a sinfully delicious combination! Cheers!

    The Culinary Chase — Friday 28th March 2008 4:27 pm

  16. You know what…I just want to kiss you silly right now! Clafoutis are as precious in my family as my grandmother’s china! Great theme!

    Tartelette — Friday 4th April 2008 5:05 pm

  17. Oh Bron, that looks too gorgeous! I ADORE clafoutis and often make it, so I guess I’m pretty much signed, sealed and delivered on this one… Will let you have my link as soon as I’ve made and posted. Your pics are TOO GORGEOUS!!

    Jeanne — Wednesday 9th April 2008 4:30 am

  18. I suck. I was experimenting with cafloutis and was close to the ideal ones when I got completely swamped and now I am away for the weekend, only getting back on Monday. Which means I won’t participate in this round. Oi. But thanks for introducing me to these, my boyfriend loves them and I will let you know when I have perfected them along with time management.

    Bordeaux — Friday 18th April 2008 4:37 pm

  19. Thank you for your lovely comments everyone,
    sorry I’ve been so slack in replying, I do hope you’ll forgive me!
    Looking forward to receiving your entries, if in fact I have not already done so!!
    Please note the extended deadline, you now have until the 28th of April.
    Thanks again!

    bron — Sunday 20th April 2008 10:52 pm

  20. I have never had this dish before as it is not really known in India, but it looks terrific and from the recipe appears to be tasty too! Must try it. I will let you know once I make it. Do let me know whether its made right! Thanks

    Harini — Tuesday 22nd April 2008 2:30 am

  21. hi there, i’m new to hay hay it’s donna day, although in my countless hours of browsing foodblogs, i’ve come across billions of entries and references to it. i’d love to join in, i’m just wondering what’s the voting for and who does it? i haven’t done too many foodblogging events, but the ones i did never had voting. i’d also like to try my hand at clafoutis, as i haven’t done that before either…glad i stumbled across a link to your site!

    courtney — Wednesday 23rd April 2008 11:50 am

  22. I finally attempted clafouti again and this time it came out much better. Now I really know what a clafouti is!

    Bordeaux — Tuesday 20th January 2009 5:47 am

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