Best Cherry Clafouti Recipe. Make It Now

If you only make one recipe from my cookbook or website this year, please have it be this easy Cherry Clafouti recipe. It will turn you on to what everyday French cooking is all about: great ingredients, simplicity and lingering pleasures. Which is to say: the effort-to-enjoyment ratio on this is sky-high. And sweet cherry season is right now. So make this today!

A slice of cherry clafouti. Spiked whipped cream is a must!

A slice of my cherry clafouti. Spiked whipped cream is a must!

What Is Clafouti?:

Clafouti is a wonderfully home-style recipe that surrounds beautiful summer fruit with luscious golden custard. As one of my recipe tester for The Bonne Femme Cookbook said, “it brings those sweet, rich qualities you love in egg specialties like crèpes, and crème brûlée—but with the bonus of fresh summer fruits.”

Cherry Clafoutis à la Bonne Femme. Straight from the oven!

Cherry Clafoutis à la Bonne Femme. Straight from the oven!

How to Make Cherry Clafouti:

See my Cherry Clafouti recipe, below—and follow these tips:

• Get the right ratio: Follow my recipe, and you’ll have just the right amount of sweet fruit to rich custard.
• Do. Not. Overbake.: Seriously–get that clafouti out of the oven the minute it’s done. Check it at 35 minutes. The sides should be set, but if the middle still jiggles, that’s okay.
• Serve with some spiked whipped cream. The light and airy whipped cream beautifully contrasts the rich, dense custard. And that tipple of cherry brandy in the whipped cream echoes the flavors of the clafouti. There’s also that delightful warm /cool (clafouti/whipped cream) effect happening, too.
• Serve clafouti ever-so-slightly warm: The Clafouti will be at its best about an hour after it comes out of the oven. Time accordingly. Refrigerate leftovers. Cold clafouti is amazing, but really, just-baked, slightly warm clafouti has the edge.

All that said, here’s my easy recipe for Clafouti. Enjoy!

PS: Looking for the right baking dish for Cherry Clafouti? A deep-dish pie plate will do. I recommend this one.

 

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Best Cherry Clafouti Recipe
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I know--it's quite bold of me to say that my French cherry clafouti recipe is the best recipe for clafouti—there are plenty of great ones out there. But I've hit upon some secrets to making your clafouti better than ever. So if you've ever been underwhelmed by clafouti, try my recipe.
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces pitted fresh sweet cherries or frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed and drained well
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch (cherry brandy) or other cherry-flavored liqueur (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Spiked and Sweetened Whipped Cream (see recipe, below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter and sugar a 9-inch round nonmetal baking dish with 2-inch sides (a deep-dish pie plate will do).
  2. Spread the cherries in the baking dish. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, kirsch, and salt on medium speed until well combined. Slowly beat in the flour, milk, and cream until combined. Pour the batter over the cherries.
  3. Bake until a thin knife inserted near the center of the clafouti comes out nearly clean (a few crumbs are fine) and the top is a deep golden color, about 35 to 40 minutes. If the top is brown before the custard is done, loosely cover with a sheet of foil. Place on a wire rack to cool, but serve warm. Just before serving, dust the top of the clafouti with confectioners’ sugar. Slice into wedges and serve with Spiked and Sweetened Whipped Cream.
  4. Note: Never worry about a clafouti that sinks in the middle...It probably will, and it's a badge of honor that you've made a beautiful true-to-France homemade dessert.
  5. Sweetened Spiked Whipped Cream: Place ¾ cup cold heavy cream into a chilled mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and 2 teaspoons kirsch (cherry brandy) or other cherry-flavored liqueur. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

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2 comments to Best Cherry Clafouti Recipe. Make It Now

  • Yes, please make this clafoutis. But, you should also make Wini’s crêpes. They are the best. And Wini did not pay me to say this. 🙂

  • I’ve been a reader for the last 5 years and have always loved your recipes. After making this I had to – this is such a great idea, and this cherry clafouti tastes out of this world, so so good.
    Thanks for surprising me over and over again with great ideas!

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