Sunday Brunch: Pear Cardamom Clafoutis

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Clafoutis are simple batter- and fruit-based French cakes. Traditionally served after dinner as a light, seasonal dessert, they also make a quick delicious brunch that can easily satisfy a group. Pairing soft pears and spicy cardamom gives this classic cake a more modern feel.

If you don't happen to have any cream in your fridge, you can use whole milk with excellent results. Learn towards soft pears; the neck of the pear should always be softer than the bulb. If you don't have any cardamom in your cupboard, you can try substituting a pinch of cloves and some lemon zest. And if you happen to have any pear brandy in your liquor cabinet, tossing the pears with a few dashes of it will add something a bit special.

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About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass.  Find more information at (or read

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