Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peach and Blackberry Flognarde - As Delicious to Eat as it is Fun to Say!

I was looking around for a name for this unusual clafouti-like combination of peaches, blackberries, thyme and black pepper, when I saw an article that said in France, a clafouti that uses fruit other than cherries is called a flognarde.

A flognarde? Yes, a flognarde. I enjoy saying flognarde so much, I think even if this recipe hadn't come out as well as it did, I would have still made it regularly - just to say, flognarde. As I mentioned in the video, I couldn't find a proper French pronunciation, so please enlighten me on how it should really sound. Until then, I'm going with "flog-nard."

This recipe is dedicated to the more adventurous among you. I knew going in that the thought of adding black pepper and thyme to a dessert-ish recipe would freak some of you out. But, that's okay.

The pepper gives this a very subtle hint of heat, and the thyme adds an almost unperceivable herbaceous, slightly lemony aroma. Is this something you will enjoy? There is really only one way to know. Enjoy!

1/2 cup wheat flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp thyme leaves
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
pinch of salt
1 tsp butter
1 pint blackberries, rinsed
1 ripe peach, sliced


Basia said...

Here ya go! I know This to be true from studies & visita to France, but thought a citation would be more helpful :

gn is like ‘ny’ in canyon, example: vignette (vee-nyet).

So : "flonyard" (with a soft "d")

Found here :

Not as much fun as flog-nard (which is next to Oxnard, right?)

Yubi Shines said...

According to thekitchn, it's something like "flow nyard".

Kevin said...

Excellent recipe there Chef! If I remember my French pronunciation correctly... I would say that "flognarde" would be said like "flogñarde" much like "Señor."

Geekdom aside.. Can't wait to make this tonight!

CollegeGourmet said...

I must say, "Flognard" sounds painful. But this dish looks delicious, although I never would've thought of using herbage in something like this.

milkshake said...

there is a considerable quantity of black pepper present in chai - and that does not deter people from drinking it with milk and honey.

Chef, you recipe looks wholesomely scrumptios and I must definitely give this a try.

Anonymous said...

Why do you advise letting this cool completely? I always serve the cherry clafouti warm and it is heavenly, though it does stick to the pan quite a bit. Would it stick to the pan less if I let it cool longer?

Chef John said...

warm is fine, i think room temp is the best to taste all the flavors, but that's just me.

redforever said...


Pronounced " flow nyard "

n. Also flaugnarde - a clafoutis made with a fruit other than cherries.

Jesse said...

Had to drop in to... wait for it... blog hard the flognarde.

Anonymous said...

LOL Jesse

Peregrine said...

Flognarde [flow nyard] n.

the happy couple said...

oh, i am so ready for peaches to come to my local market!

Chef John said...

nothing looks better at farmers market than a huge pile of peaches!

Olga said...

What a gorgeous dish!

Anonymous said... oh my Chef John. You truly are a cunning linguist.

I will be making this dish this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kate said...

This looks amazing. I love the idea of using pepper and thyme. Filing this away for good summer fruit!

tmaynard said...

You've had a million, but I feel compelled to add my own:


8 years of French just can't be held back (4 in HS, 4 more in college).

I do have to admit tho' that your FLOG-nard has some rustic appeal, very americain!

Anonymous said...

Make sure that the "d' is silent at the end of "flognard", and then with other readers' suggestions of the "ñ" pronunciation of the "gn" combo, you will sound like a pro! (From a Québecoise French teacher in Canada)

Anonymous said...

nice job. Looks amazing.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic. I make this for a Memorial Day breakfast and it was a huge hit. We had great fun with the name.

Aaron De La Torre said...

For an audio version of the pronunciation try here:

Ronald L. Harris said...

Flognarde [flow nyard] n. Also flaugnarde - a clafoutis made with a fruit other than cherries.

Patrick said...

John, I made this in a hurry for some light entertaining, and it rocked. Thank you!

Christina said...

Now flognarde pronounced as
flog-nard is my favorite word. In fact, I think i will get a pet and name him Lord Flognard! :D

desertdoll said...

Can all purpose flour be used instead of wheat flour?

Chef John said...


Justin said...

Your French pronunciation is horrible at best. Normally as a Frenchman I would be offended (at least sonically), but for some reason when you pronounce things incorrectly it makes me laugh. Kudos to you for having a great sense of humour and humility. :)

Cassi said...

Thank you for sharing, Chef John. I wanted to share w/ you the results of my flognarde:

I love the texture, and it has been a perfect breakfast and snack dish! I really enjoy the thyme as well. :)