To make a coffee-flavored Creme Anglaise, add 1 1/2 teaspoons, or more to taste, of best-quality instant-coffee powder to each cup of scalded milk before you begin making the custard in step 1. Note: This recipe has been adapted from "The New Making of a Cook," by Madeleine Kamman. Copyright 1997 by Madeleine Kamman. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow & Co.
Treading ground somewhere between cake and pudding, clafouti is a traditional French baked dessert that combines fresh fruit with a rich batter. Most recipes list cherries as the fruit of choice, but in honor of Thanksgiving, this version calls for cranberries.
The name of this delicate dessert comes from the small lidded porcelain pots in which the desserts are traditionally baked. Be careful not to overcook them; the custard should wiggle gently when shaken.