Ok, if this photo doesn’t get your attention then nothing I can do will. Looks pretty good doesn’t it? It is. 🙂
I know, I know. It’s another baked dessert and we don’t eat desserts and I don’t bake. What can I say? Well, all I can tell you is cherries are in season and I love me some cherries!!!!!!!!!!!! They are one of my favorite fruits (not to mention a beautiful tree) and I always look forward to cherry season. There are so many things you can do with cherries although I do love to just eat them the way they are. They go well with my yogurt in the morning for breakfast. 🙂
This is one of those dishes I have been wanting to make but, like a lot of other dishes, I only now took the time to do so as it finally hit the top of the priority list. 🙂 I’m sure glad it did because this cherry clafouti (pronounced kla-foo-TEE) is other worldly. It’s so good I even took the time to do a food stylist photo which I hardly ever do. 🙂 This makes a great presentation and is another one of those remarkably simple baked dessert recipes that even I can do.
Now, a clafouti is a rustic French country dessert from the Limousin region. It has become rather popular in the US of late and you see it made with a variety of fruits, i.e. apricots, peaches, pears, and cranberries just to name a few. Traditionally, however, a clafouti was made with the first sweet cherries of the season. Further, the cherries were not pitted so their pits could release their delicate almond flavor as they baked. If you’re going to make it the traditional way make sure to warn your guests. Otherwise, it’s an unpleasant surprise to bite into a cherry pit. 😮 Nowadays, a clafouti is made by covering sweet, pitted cherries with a pancake-like (almost crepe-like) batter and baking it in a hot oven until the batter has set with nicely browned, slightly puffed edges. In a way, it is custardy, similar to a flan, yet the addition of flour makes it more akin to an apple pancake or a super thick, fruit filled crepe. It should be served while it is still warm with a dusting of powdered sugar.
I should also point out that a clafouti is one of those dishes that is not too sweet. It has a delicate custard with beautiful baked cherries that really shine through. Although technically a dessert, because it is not overly sweet, you can serve it for breakfast or brunch. It has wonderful flavor, makes a stunning presentation and is bound to delight your family or guests. Give it a try. 🙂 You won’t be disappointed.
- 3 eggs
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp rum
- 2-1/2 cup fresh cherries
- 1 lemon zested
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F and pit the cherries.
Set aside. Now, add the eggs
and sugar to a mixing bowl
Whisk vigorously with a wire whisk until they turn lighter in color.
Gradually add the butter, beating to incorporate.
Once the butter is added and incorporated add the flour all at once.
Whisk until the batter is a homogeneous mixture.
Next slowly pour in the milk a little at a time.
Add the lemon zest
Mix well until the batter is very smooth and shiny.
Place the fruit in a 10 inch buttered spring form pan. (you can also use either a glass/earthenware baking dish, cake pan (9 or 10 inches in diameter), or skillet that can go in the oven)
Pour the batter over the fruit.
Place in oven and bake for 30 – 40 minutes until slightly browned and almost completely set in the middle.
Remove from oven and let sit at least 15 minutes before removing it from pan or serving it out of the baking pan/skillet.
While warm or at room temperature, place on a serving plate and bring to the table.
Cut a slice
Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar
Serve & enjoy