July 21, 2019
Clafoutis has become a favorite at the Old Parkdale Inn
By: Mary Pellegrini
Clafoutis: Maybe it was the name, sounded very complex and intricate, but I put off attempting this dish. Now that I’ve tried it and realized how simple it is, I bake at least 3 or 4 a week for guests at the Old Parkdale Inn, especially during the Hood River Valley Cherry Harvest season.
Clafoutis is a baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan-like batter. Very simple but oh so sweet and delicate!
Start by pitting enough Dark Cherries to fill the bottom of a buttered 9 or 10 inch glass pie plate. Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together all the ingredients and pour over the cherries. Bake 40-45 minutes. Let it cool and firm up a bit before slicing into wedges, dust with Powdered sugar and serve.
Ingredients: 4 eggs, ½ cup sugar, ¼ tsp salt, ¾ cup flour, ½ tsp vanilla, ½ tsp almond extract, 1 cup milk, 2 Tbs butter
Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Timberline Ski Areas allowing us to offer discount lift tickets to our guests. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.