Chocolate Plum Clafoutis

Donna Hay's Chocolate Plum Clafoutis recipe

Lets get the week off to a sweet start with Chocolate Plum Clafoutis.

What could be better than sweet, delicious plums encased in a baked chocolate custard with a gooey melted chocolate surprise base?  Chocolate could be the perfect cure for Mondayitis I think.

This recipe comes from Donna Hay’s beautiful Seasons cookbook.  Which is quickly becoming my go to cookbook when I’m looking for inspiration.  It showcases the best of Donna Hay magazine, and is probably the most visually stunning cookbook I own.  I think due to the beautiful location shoots which really evoke each season featured in the book.  I love nothing better than sitting down and flipping through Seasons, sipping a cup of tea and letting the inspiration wash over me.

I love that her recipes are uncomplicated and enable a family to make a delicious meal quickly, because time is a luxury that not everyone has these days.

For my overseas visitors, who may not have heard of Donna Hay, she could be considered the Australian Martha Stewart, minus the craft and gardening.  Donna started her career as a food editor for Marie Claire magazine, where she quickly became known for her simple style driven approach to recipes.

Following her time at Marie Claire, in 2001, she launched her own bi-monthly magazine,  Donna Hay.  Her magazine and continual stream of delicious cookbooks have lead to international recognition, including in 2007 where she was named one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cookbook authors by the judges of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  Donna’s empire has since expanded to include homewares and this year she launched her first TV show which features recipes from her latest cookbook – Fast, Fresh & Simple.

Are you a fan of Donna Hay?  What is your favourite Donna Hay cookbook?


Chocolate and plum clafoutis recipe

Chocolate Plum Clafoutis
Recipe from Donna Hay Seasons
Makes 4 ramekins


  • 50g plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • 25g of cocoa, sifted
  • 75g of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) of single (pouring) cream
  • 175g of dark chocolate, chopped
  • 20g of butter
  • 6 plums, halved and stones removed



  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (355 Fahrenheit).
  2. Place the flour, cocoa and sugar into a bowl.  In a jug combine the eggs, cream and vanilla and whisk to combine before pouring into the bowl and whisking together.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the batter into small ramekins or a large baking dish.  Top with the plums and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through.
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  1. Liz April 11, 2011  10:11 am Reply

    Looks & sounds divine. Photography is so good you can almost taste it.

  2. Dzenana April 11, 2011  10:16 am Reply

    I've never had clafoutis before, and this post definitely makes me feel like I'm missing out!
    It looks delicious!
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  3. muppy April 11, 2011  12:51 pm Reply

    This looks so perfect and delicious! I will have to buy the cookbook, I have another two recipes on my menu this week from the show :)

  4. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed April 11, 2011  2:32 pm Reply

    I have had chocolate paired with stone fruits on my mind lately. This looks like perfection in a ramekin!

    Heidi xo

    • delicieux April 11, 2011  3:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Heidi :D I love stone fruits at this time of the year. They are so delicious!

  5. Min {Honest Vanilla} April 11, 2011  5:30 pm Reply

    Clafoutis! I've been meaning to make it from DH recipe as well ;) Plum and chocolate are just gorgeous! Oh and so yummy :)
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  6. Sukaina April 11, 2011  5:55 pm Reply

    We don't get Donna Hay anything here in Dubai unfortunately. But I've heard so much about her sense of style. The clafoutis looks delicious as usual. I wish you'd taken a shot of the inside so we could see the clafoutis in all its glory!
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  7. Nadia April 11, 2011  6:03 pm Reply

    I never heard of Donna Hay before, but now I wish I did :)))

    The dessert looks really yummy :)

  8. CC11 April 11, 2011  9:23 pm Reply

    Out of all the ones I own, I would say I use Instant Entertaining the most. I am eating bucket loads of plums atm, and this would make a nice change from eating them raw

    • delicieux April 12, 2011  7:06 am Reply

      I don't actually have Instant Entertaining. I will have to look into that one! Thanks Chanel :D

  9. Kayla April 11, 2011  10:44 pm Reply

    What a lovely way to start the week! I have never had calfoutis before too! This just looks too gorgeous. I like Donna Hay's recipes because they are so easy to follow, and so simple:) I never knew Donna Hay used to work with Marie Claire! I have purchased a few issues of her magazine, but have yet to own her cookbook. Do you have any recommendation?
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    • delicieux April 12, 2011  7:08 am Reply

      My favourite Donna Hay cookbook, by far, is Seasons. It's just gorgeous! I also quite like her new one Fast, Fresh & Simple and Off the Shelf is good too. You can get them all from book depository for a good price!

  10. Jenn Brigole April 12, 2011  12:41 am Reply

    Wow! It looks sinfully good. This would definitely cure any of my down-days. Cheers! :)

  11. Juliana April 12, 2011  10:17 am Reply

    Oh! What a nice combination of flavors...chocolate and plums...look delicious. Have a great week ahead Jennifer :-)

  12. Soma April 12, 2011  1:19 pm Reply

    Simply delightful. One of the best ways to eat plum.

  13. Maria@Scandi Foodie April 12, 2011  6:01 pm Reply

    This looks so delicious. I've made chocolate and plum clafoutis in the past too and thought the combination was a real winner!

  14. Kulsum April 12, 2011  8:57 pm Reply

    Jennifer this looks great. Yes - sweet is the right way to kick start a weekend :-) I'm envious of your cookbook collection. I have tried nothing Donna hay! Feel bad about that now.
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  15. Robert Allen September 10, 2011  1:27 am Reply

    Hey there,

    can this be eaten cold later or does it have to be served nearly immediately ?
    This looks great, very hard find a great looking plum dessert with Chocolate.


    • delicieux September 10, 2011  8:44 am Reply

      Hi Robert, you could eat this cold, but I feel it's best eaten warm. You can however reheat it and enjoy it the next day. :D

  16. Marissa Page December 14, 2011  10:14 am Reply

    Cheers! I like Donna Hay's recipes because they are so easy to follow, and so simple:) I never knew Donna Hay used to work with Marie Claire!


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