OUICOOK: A French Mother’s Day Brunch

BY OuiPlease TIMEApril 22, 2022 PRINT

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I am so excited! In my family, any holiday means a big huge brunch. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother’s day, everything! Brunch foods are so easy to make in large portions, are family favorites, and are great for celebrations. My mom always makes this divine apple fritter and my family loves it. The fruit combined with the pastry is sweet, but not to sweet to eat in the morning. Add a dash of powdered sugar and you have the ultimate brunch food!

My take on my mom’s traditional apple fritter is this amazing pear flaungnarde. Its similar to my mom’s recipe but has pears and flaugnarde instead of apple and puff pastry. This recipe is super easy to make, all you really do is combine the ingredients and put it in the oven. Have the kids be your little helpers and try out this yummy recipe – its perfect to surprise mom in bed with!


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 ripe medium Bartlett pears— peeled, cored and thinly sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, cake and all-purpose flours, salt and 1/4 cup of the milk until smooth. Whisk in the remaining 3/4 cup of milk, the rum and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450° and coat a deep 9-inch cake pan with half of the butter.
  3. Pour the batter into the pan and arrange the pear slices on top. Dot with the remaining butter and bake in the lower third of the oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 400° and bake for 30 minutes longer, or until the flaugnarde is puffed and deeply golden. Let cool for 2 minutes, then sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar and serve.

Let me know if you make this yummy recipe! I would love to know what you and your family think of it. Make sure you give every single mother in your life and extra hug and a big thank you – they deserve it!

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