First, a little housekeeping.
I would like to think the journey to the recipe is the more interesting travel, and hope that any visiting reader would want to come along for the ride...
Be that as it may. Beginning with this entry I will be including a "Jump Forward" somewhere at the lead of the post to take you directly to the recipe part of article. Fair warning, the text of the jump will change to suit my sense of humor and my mood at that particular moment. And, I may not always be in the most charitable frame of mind.
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(hint... that's it)
Crime and Punishment...
Initially, I had several anecdotes about the whole family discipline thing, and had even found a way to tie today's recipe to it (black and blue?)... but I've since backspaced all 800 words into oblivion. It's a controversial topic - regardless of what my own (humorous) experiences with it are - there are extremes in every instance. A friend recently sent me the rather startling video of a father taking a revolver to his daughter's notebook in retaliation for something she posted on a social networking site... extreme? yes...... over the top? yes.... Do I feel his pain? Unfortunately, I can... and I don't even have children.
Somewhere along the line we've waved off the idea that children need rules and boundaries. Instead, they deserve the same freedoms and opportunities adults have. It is infuriating that advertising and network programming depict children as smart, clever and well-spoken - while their parents are knuckle-draggers. It has been years since I've heard a parent tell their child "No, you cant have X, you haven't done anything to earn it." On one occasion I sat next to a family dining out where the kids were whining, screaming terrors - only to have to mother look at me apologetically and say, "I'm sorry, they're only developing their personalities". .. Odd, I seem to remember that acceptable public behavior and etiquette were integral parts of my personality development.
There has to be a point where children become children, and not miniature adults.
I'm sorry - it's easy for me to sit on the sidelines and shout foul. I've jokingly said that God knew what he was doing when I was left a bachelor. The thing is - the battle is getting ugly and it is the family unit that is getting battered. If we don't do something collectively - very quickly - we're all going to be black and blue.
(nice segue, huh).... Okay, I'm done ranting...
Black and Blue Clafouti
3 Large Eggs - Room Temperature
4 Tablespoons Cane Sugar - Divided
1/2 Cup Namaste Flour - or other GF Baking Mix
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 Teaspoon Grated Lemon Zest
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Tablespoon Slivered Almonds for Garnish
1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar for Garnish (or serve with a tablespoon of Creme Freche)
9" Cake Pan
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease 9 inch square or round baking Pan.
- Place all ingredients except cherries, almonds and powdered sugar in blender, and using only 2 Tbsp of the cane sugar.
- Process until mixture very smooth, scraping down sides of blender.
- Place cherries in prepared Pan and sprinkle the last tablespoon of sugar on top.
- Pour batter over cherries. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
- Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cake is sponge-like.
- Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm garnished with powdered sugar.