Yield: 8 to 10 servings
2 cups whole milk
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
5 whole large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup Gran Marnier
1/3 cup white miso
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 medium apples (1¼ pound) (any apple you like eating), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Add milk and 2 tablespoons butter to a small saucepan set over low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to steam. Remove from heat and set aside.
Add the flour and ¾ cup of the sugar to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, Gran Marnier and miso. Whisk until well combined. While whisking continuously, slowly stream in the warm milk mixture into the medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup of sugar, cinnamon and cloves in a large (12-inch) oven safe nonstick pan. Set over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, stir to combine with a rubber spatula. Distribute the apples atop the mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples begin to soften, approximately 5 minutes.
Immediately pour the batter from the medium mixing bowl over the apples. Do not stir.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. The dish will soufflé and the edges should be lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and let sit in the pan, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. It will deflate and the clafoutis will pull away from the edges.
After 10 minutes, place a large cutting board on top of the nonstick pan, then holding both the cutting board and pan, invert the clafoutis.
You can slice and serve while it’s still hot (it may be a bit messy, but it’s still delicious) or you can serve at room temperature. It will firm as it cools.
Serve as is (inverted) or if room temperature or chilled (aka easier to work with), you can flip the clafoutis to be apple side up.
Optional toppings: powdered sugar, whipped cream, ice cream