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Can You Freeze Clafoutis?

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By Ross Young

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Clafoutis is a delicious French patisserie that is a real treat to eat. Made with cherries, egg custard and pastry this isn’t a treat that keeps well in the fridge and it can go bad very quickly.

You are advised to eat it within 24 hours or the fruit in the tart can make the whole dessert soggy in texture. With a dessert that seems as delicate as it is decadent, you may be wondering, can you freeze clafoutis?

Yes, but you can only freeze clafoutis for 1 week. If you have leftovers then you can freeze those too. You can freeze it either as a whole dessert or in individual portions. Just make sure you wrap the portions well to keep them from getting freezer burnt.

Does Clafoutis Freeze Well? No

Can You Refreeze Clafoutis? No

How To Freeze Clafoutis

The secret to freezing clafoutis successfully is in how well you wrap it. This is a delicate dessert and contains a few ingredients that can end up going a little soggy in the freezer if you aren’t careful.

  1. Portion
    Cut your clafoutis tart into individual portions.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap each portion separately in cling film. It would be best if you wrapped thoroughly so wrap the cling film around the portion of clafoutis two to three times to ensure it is completely protected from the air.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Pop the wrapped portions of clafoutis onto a baking tray to keep them flat and put this in the freezer.
  4. Bag Up
    Once the clafoutis portions are frozen, you can take them out of the freezer and transfer them from the baking tray into a container or freezer bag. Whichever method you use for storing you will need to be careful when putting these tarts in the freezer. They are delicate and can get damaged easily, even when frozen.
  5. Freeze
    Label the container with the date and the contents and pop it into the freezer until it’s time to eat.

2 Tips for Freezing Clafoutis

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing clafoutis to have the best results:

Don’t Bother
Unfortunately, clafoutis will only keep well in the freezer for around a week and will keep for barely 24hrs in the fridge. Instead, we would actually advise eating it up in one sitting. 

Expect Textural Changes
If you’re determined to freeze it then the best advice is to expect changes to the texture. Fruit can become mushy and the custard element can become grainy. 

How Long Can You Freeze Clafoutis?

One of the biggest problems with freezing clafoutis is how long you can freeze it. This isn’t a dessert that freezes particularly well.

The egg custard can change in texture, the fruit can change in texture and become mushy, and it damages easily in the freezer. With all this in mind, we would recommend that you only store your clafoutis in the freezer for up to a week.

After this, you may find that the texture and taste are compromised too much to eat. So make sure you don’t waste any of that delicious patisserie and eat it right away or only freeze for up to a week.

You Can Freeze Clafoutis for Only 1 Month

How Do You Defrost Clafoutis?

Defrosting clafoutis is fairly easy, but it takes patience. This is because there are no quick ways to use and no way to quicken the process without destroying the dessert.

So, to thaw it out take a portion or two out of the freezer and pop them onto a plate in the fridge. Allow the tart to thaw out slowly overnight or for several hours.

Can You Refreeze Clafoutis?

No, you can’t refreeze clafoutis.

This is a delicate dessert that doesn’t cope too well in the freezer, and it is unlikely to survive the process twice! Once thawed out, you need to eat it within 24 hours, and if it is fresh, you need to consume it in about the same amount of time.

A great excuse to eat all of this decadent tart rather than allow it to go to waste.

Does Clafoutis Freeze Well?

Unfortunately, clafoutis doesn’t freeze well.

Egg custard can have mixed results when frozen with some texture change occurring, making the tart seem grainy in texture. The fruit used to make clafoutis is usually fresh and can go soft and mushy in the freezer.

The pastry casing itself should freeze fine, but the problems that arise with the other ingredients can mean you end up with a tart that is a little mushy and changed in texture.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it!  The changes should be minimal enough that you still have a dessert to enjoy, even if it is slightly different from how it would have been if it had been eaten when it was freshly made.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing clafoutis or clafoutis in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Plum Clafoutis?

We’ve discussed the traditional, common cherry clafoutis in this article so far. But can you freeze clafoutis made with plums (or any other fruit for that matter)? Well, yes, you can but again only for one week.

Everything we’ve written here actually applies to all clafoutis, regardless of what fruit you have used.

Will Clafoutis Keep in the Fridge?

Unfortunately, with the ingredients that make up a clafoutis, you’re best serving it as soon as it has been baked. It doesn’t last well in the fridge, or freezer for that matter.

When stored in the fridge, it will only last for 24hrs at most. When stored in the freezer, you can extend this by only 1 week.

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