We're not big fans of the "easy as pie" idiom. Since when is processing, chilling, and rolling out pie dough considered an easy task? A custardy clafoutis, on the other hand, is versatile, elegant, and truly simple. And if you live by the “apple a day” mantra like we do, then you'll love folding your favorite variety into this addictive version from San Diego–based chef Brian Redzikowski. An alum of Le Cirque, Nobu, and Joël Robuchon restaurants and now helming the kitchen at Kettner Exchange, Redzikowski will serve his caramelized apple clafoutis at his upcoming Beard House dinner next month. If you can't make it to the Big Apple to indulge in Redzikowski’s progressive American cuisine, just take a bite out his apple dessert when you make it at home.
Hilary Deutsch is editorial assistant at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram.