I love apple pie but I don't like pastry (or making pastry) so when I came across this recipe for Apple Clafouti in Robin Robertson's Vegan on the Cheap I was ecstatic. I don't know if this happens to everyone but it often seems no matter what book or recipe I'm cooking from, there is always at least one key ingredient that I lack. I keep a pretty well stocked pantry but it doesn't seem to matter. I will just have to look on the bright side and believe this ongoing problem will make me a more creative cook! This time it was applesauce I was missing and the recipe called for one whole cup. I ended up using an equal amount of soy milk because I didn't know what else to substitute. Fingers crossed!
When the clafouti came out of the oven the smell of apples and cinnamon was mouth watering. The top looked and felt like a springy cake. It had a soft spongy texture, very unassuming and not overly sweet. The cinnamon-apple mixture on the bottom were definitely the stars of the show. The soy milk worked but I'm curious as to how using applesauce would have changed the texture and flavour of the cakey part. I will definitely make this again, it's a simple, warm and comforting dessert.