This weeks one of 50 is Anne Willan. She is #27 on Gourmets list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Food. She was born in Newcastle, England in 1938, and is the founder of the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne cooking school, in Burgundy France. Anne was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in Food and Beverage" in America in 1986. She is an authority on French cooking, with more than 35 years of experience as a cooking teacher, cookbook author and food columnist. Her book "The Country Cooking of France" won two James Beard Foundation book awards in 2008. One for best international cookbook and one for best cookbook photography. Anne was also named by Bon Appetit magazine as Cooking Teacher of the Year in 2000. She was an associate editor of Gourmet magazine and food editor of the Washington Star before moving to Paris, where she started La Varenne cooking school.
I decided to make Anne's Clafoutis Limosin ( Cherry Batter Pudding ). I chose this because I love custard puddings and this has a custard base. I know cherries are out of season but when I saw this recipe I had to make it. I used canned tart cherries packed in water. I'm sure this would have been better with fresh cherries but this was really delicious. It was such a nice easy dessert for a very crazy week of decorating and shopping. I will be putting this Clafoutis on my "goto" list for quick desserts.
|Place cherries into baking dish that has been buttered and sugered|
|Pour the batter over the cherries|
|Bake at 375〫for 1 hour|
|This is so luscious|
Cherry Batter Pudding
|Serves 6 to 8|
Heat the oven to 375˚F/190˚C/Gas 5. The batter may have separated slightly, so stir to mix it, and strain it over the cherries. Bake the pudding until browned and just set, 50 to 60 minutes. Let it cool 5 to 10 minutes, then sprinkle it with the kirsch (the aroma from the alcohol is a treat in itself.) Dust it generously with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm.
Excerpted from THE COUNTRY COOKING OF FRANCE
by Anne Willan, Chronicle Books, 2007.
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