Cherry-Almond Clafoutis with Cognac

Cherry-Almond Clafoutis with Cognac
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Ingredients

For the clafoutis base

  • 1/2 Cup  sliced almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon  unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  turbinado sugar
  • large eggs, preferably organic
  • large egg yolks, preferably organic
  • 1/2 Cup  heavy cream
  • 1/4 Cup  milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  pure almond extract
  •  Pinch of  sea salt

For the clafoutis

  •   Unsalted butter, for the ramekins
  • 1 Pound  Bing cherries, pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons  sliced almonds
  • 2 Teaspoons  turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  cognac
  • small scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)

Clafoutis is a traditional dessert from the region of Limousin, in southwestern France. Cherries are placed in a buttered dish, topped with a flan-like batter and baked until the whole thing is puffed up and golden brown.

The dessert is rustic, but somehow irresistibly beautiful and ambrosial, which is perhaps why it has acquired such fame.

Here’s my twist on this beloved classic: I make individual-sized clafoutis and sprinkle the tops with sliced almonds and sugar crystals for a delicious crunchy bite. Then, I drizzle the clafoutis with cognac just before serving them.

Made with sweet, meaty Bing cherries, every bite of these clafoutis is pure heaven.

Directions

For the clafoutis base

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the almonds and flour. Process at high speed until finely ground, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside. Place the ground almond-flour mixture, sugar, eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk, almond extract, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are well incorporated.

For the clafoutis

Butter six 1-cup ramekins. Spread the cherries in the prepared molds. Top with the almond-egg-cream mixture. Sprinkle with the sliced almonds and the sugar.

Bake until the tops are puffed and golden brown, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the clafoutis cool until warm. Drizzle with the cognac. Top with a scoop of ice cream if desired and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

328 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:

16%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 17g 25%
  • Carbs 35g 12%
  • Saturated 7g 33%
  • Fiber 3g 11%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 30g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 7g 14%
  • Cholesterol 153mg 51%
  • Sodium 88mg 4%
  • Calcium 80mg 8%
  • Magnesium 40mg 10%
  • Potassium 306mg 9%
  • Iron 1mg 7%
  • Zinc 1mg 5%
  • Phosphorus 142mg 20%
  • Vitamin A 142µg 16%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 9%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 5%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 17%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 5%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 27µg 7%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 6%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 3%
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