Cherry-Almond Clafoutis Recipe

Cherry-Almond Clafoutis Recipe
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Cherry clafoutis

Christopher Hirsheimer

Cherry clafoutis

Clafoutis follows the model of every simple European housewife’s dessert: Make a batter, pour it over some fruit, and bake. Cherry is the best, I think. A little kirsch accentuates the flavor of the cherries.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
  • 2 pounds cherries, pitted
  • ½ cup blanched whole almonds
  • 6 large eggs 
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon organic almond extract
  • Splash of kirsch
  • Powdered sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour a 10- or 12-inch gratin dish or large cast-iron frying pan and arrange the cherries in the bottom. Scatter the blanched almonds evenly over the cherries.

Beat the eggs with the brown sugar and flour. When the mixture is smooth, whisk in the milk. Add the almond extract and the kirsch. Pour the batter over the fruit. 

Bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar. Clafoutis tastes best at room temperature.

Cherry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cherry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.