Apple, cinnamon and honey clafouti and mud therapy for dogs


Our bipolar weather this summer – grey chilliness one day, stifling heat and tropical rainfall the next – has cajoled Hugo’s inner breakdancer into putting in an appearance. He has taken to throwing himself into tepid puddles (the deeper and muddier the better) with an incongruous and not altogether elegant stomach-first, legs-last sort of manoeuvre, presumably looking for relief from the heat and mosquitos. At least I hope that’s what he’s looking for, because if not he’s even odder than I thought. He then stands up and starts all over again, a beatific smile plastered firmly on his face. The sequence is repeated until the puddle is entirely rid of its water. Mud creates a very effective barrier against both flies and the heat, so Hugo’s logic is irreproachable, but then we knew that already. The downside is, however, that I have a very dirty house…


Originally from the Limousin region, clafouti, or clafoutis in French, is now a popular dessert throughout France. The name comes from the word ‘clafotis’, which means to ‘fill up’ in Occitan. Traditionally it is made with cherries, but it works well with any fruit or berry.

There are many benefits to adding cinnamon to a dish: it controls blood-sugar levels, helping those with insulin resistance and and pre-diabetic conditions and also aiding weight loss. Added to this, it has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice for sufferers of arthritis and IBS.

Ingredients (serves 6) :

6 apples, peeled and chopped into small cubes

40g salted butter

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 tablespoons honey

100g spelt flour

4 eggs, beaten

50g cane sugar

300ml full fat milk

100ml cream

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the butter in a deep frying pan and fry the apples for about five minutes on a low heat. Add the cinnamon and the honey and heat for another couple of minutes, stirring gently. Butter a gratin dish and add the apple mixture. Put the flour, eggs and sugar in a bowl and mix, adding the milk and cream to the mixture a little at a time, beating well. Pour the mixture over the apples in the dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown.

13 responses to “Apple, cinnamon and honey clafouti and mud therapy for dogs

  1. Oh and don ‘t forget that mud makes for a nice skin treatment- I am sure that Hugo has that as an alterior motive for his romping.

    I love that cinnamon is so healthy (because I sure love to ad it to my food). I forwarded this to my Dad who goes have diabetes.

    Yummy looking dessert.

  2. Looks very good…very interesting recipe…

  3. I love cinnamon, and I try to use it as much as I can, but just for its taste. I didn’t know that it has so many healthy properties, what a great news! Thanks a lot for all these informations, I’m going to use cinnamon even more often! Love you clafoutis!

  4. Hahaha I always love hearing about Hugo’s shenanigans. Beautiful clafouti.

  5. That Hugo, he’s such a character but he is very smart, mud is good for the skin, some people pay for pricy mud facials and body wraps. Your Hugo is on to something. The clafoutis is lovely and the cinnamon is a great addition not just for health reasons but because it tastes so delicious.

  6. I try to use cinnamon as much as possible. I say try as I often forget to sprinkle it onto something I am cooking. Your clafoutis looks and sounds delicious.

  7. My terrier would be running in the opposite direction from that mud as fast as her legs could carry her.

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