Double Chocolate Clafoutis


I have great memories of playing wonderful set of indoor games with my long lost girlfriend A at her place. My sister and I would spend hours at her place frisking her most coveted collection of Barbies, boards and darts. Apart from being my dad’s boss’ only daughter she had an envious collection of indoor games and dolls to her kitty. Our office bungalows, where we lived then, lined adjacent and we would catch up either at her place or ours, our cartons laden with games of Scrabble, Ludo, Cards, Brainvita, Business and loads more.

We played endlessly in her company, often changing our games to bring around till boredom. In between these games, her mom, Mrs. B, stylish and chic, would elegantly bring in supplies of food and drink from her indulgent kitchen. It was a wonderfully evocative scene that blended food with imagination and made playing indoor games fun and inspiring, something that I foresee for my daughter too in future.

The moment we stepped in, her home wafted strong aromas sarson ka tel (mustard oil) which was traditional to their cuisine. Even today when I cook in Kachchi Ghani I am taken back to those luxurious evenings we spent at her place playing games in her bedroom, while blends of mystic aromas wafted through their kitchen enveloping the entire house with its essence till they pecked our nostrils and let our taste buds salivating. The Bengalis that they were, she often dished out hot pakoras, Beguni, Jhal Muri and more cooked in mustard oil, much to kids delight. She was an admirable cook exposed well to world cuisine and made various other non traditional dishes, many which inspired my mom too.

And like every Bengali, they too had huge fetish for fish and Mishţi (sweets). She doled out sweets and snacks effortlessly. Potlucks and birthday parties vouched these for proofs. Her puddings held a testimony to that. Not surprising we had never heard of clafoutis before, but strangely when I made this (inspired by Nigella's book, How to be a Domestic Goddess gifted by my hubby on Mother's Day!) and took a bite into this, it reminded me of puds Mrs. B used to dish out. Quite similar, just that they had no fancy names, but plain pudding. Dense, fudgy, not so cakelike, just a simple pudding. A cake sans the rising power from baking powder or soda. Call it a Clafoutis or whatever you like, this deep, dark chocolaty, intensely pudding kinds, is just right for the merry season of Christmas.

Double Chocolate Clafoutis

Inspired by Nigella's book, How to be a Domestic Goddess


1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 eggs
4 tbsp. granulated white sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Handful of dark chocolate chunks


Whisk together the cream, eggs and vanilla extract. Sift all of the dry ingredients together and and add this the wet ingredients. Whisk well to make a smooth batter. Pour the batter into ramekins or ceramic dishes and throw couple of chocolate chunks into the batter. Bake at 180 deg C for 20 minutes or until the clafoutis is golden brown around the edges. Serve hot with a dusting of powdered sugar.


  1. Simple to make but looks so addictive

  2. It looks super sinful..perfect dessert for the reason..loved the clicks too

  3. Hi Mallika,have you used misty milk medium cream in this recipe ?Also please let me know if you use the same brand with medium fat for whipping cream ?Thanks in advance:)
    warm regards,

  4. OMG ! Inviting...

  5. Wat a real feast for a chocoholic person like me,super like.

  6. Yes Priya, I do use Milky Mist cream for all the recipes that call for medium to heavy cream. I've used Milky Mist for whipping as well and it really works for me. For this recipe too, I've used Milky Mist cream.

  7. Simple. Quick And Soulful... that s what clafoutis stands for.. and yes i m nostalgic after all that indoorsy talk

  8. Let's just dig in right :) That is so tempting and the season is for chocolate and more chocolate !

  9. omg! this looks divine! was looking for a spectacular but simple dessert for new year's eve dinner, looks like i just found it! thanks for sharing.

  10. Reminds me of my childhood neighbor and friend, whose Mom would supply us with snack during exam combined studies :)

    Your clafoutis looks divine and so so simple to make! Happy New Year!

  11. OM goodness this is simply gorgeous! So glad to see a chocolate induced clafoutis...I posted one the other day! But I must say yours looks so much richer and dense :D

  12. Do we need to preheat the oven for this dish?

    1. Yes Aparna, you need to pre-heat the oven for 10 mins. Hope that helps.