The end of another year. Hot nights, summer fruit (recipe for the delicious and very easy clafoutis at the bottom of this post), letters to 'Santer Claws', Aperol Spritzes, sleep-ins. I love everything about this time of year. And what a year it has been, both on the family front (finally no nappies, most people sleeping through the whole night, reading and writing for more than half and swimming for all ... I was so paranoid about the children drowning, I think we all have one type of potential death scenario that haunts us, do we not? Anyway I can breathe a little easier now) and on the personal front too (a regular column for Country Style, writing and photography work, a trip to Italy and a very modern husband) and I can only hope next year will be just as good, but can't imagine how. Sending you all my love and Christmas cheer and I hope next year brings you lots of joy, lots of flowers and heaps of branches inside the house.
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Butter a round ovenproof pan and dot pieces of ripe summer fruits (Cherries, plums, apricots .. whatever you have at hand) all over. Make a batter with 50g melted butter, one cup of almond meal, 1/3 cup of sugar, 4 eggs, 200ml milk and a vanilla bean's seeds scraped out. Pour over the fruit and bake for about 45 minutes until the clafoutis has puffed up and is brown on the top. Let cool a little and dust with icing sugar before serving with cold, cold cream. Good for breakfast too.