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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What to Drink for Bastille Day

Any drink you serve at a Bastille Day party must cover two bases: It has to be French and it has to be refreshing—after all, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, for must of us, Bastille Day falls during that stretch of summer when temperatures start to really climb.

Here are my five top drink choices for toasting the day.

1. A Kir Royal….with St. Germaine

You know how much I love my nightly kir (white wine + crème de cassis) and my celebratory kir royale (sparkling wine + crème de cassis). Either will do on any other day of the year, but I think Bastille Day calls for something even more special. Make a Kir Royal with St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur…

The French spirit is made from macerated elderflowers; thankfully it’s more about a citrusy, pear-like freshness than it is about the floral notes, which are present, but not overly so. To make, simply place a tablespoon of St. Germain in a Champagne glass and fill it with about 5 ounces of sparkling wine.

2. A French Sparkling Wine

You can’t go wrong with sparkling wine when celebrating.

Wait a minute—strike that. Yes you can. Frankly, on these super-hot days of summer a toasty-dry Champagne just won’t do. I suggest toasting with something more fruity and light—such as a sparkling wine from the Loire Valley (crémant de Loire). Wines from this region are often off-dry (that is, a touch sweet). While winemakers can choose from about a dozen grape varieties to craft their blends, the most renown whites are anchored by Chenin Blanc, resulting in sparkling wines with a great balance of fruit and citrus notes.

Blanquette de Limoux: An easy-drinking wine that’s hard to find.

If you live near an incredibly well stocked supermarket, look for Blanquette de Limoux, a very easy-drinking sparkling wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon. To me, it’s like a cross between a Prosecco and a Moscato d’Asti: fruity, fun, and easy to like (unless your a close-minded dry-wine-only freak).

3. A French 75

For too many people “sweet” or “fruity” (mistakenly) means “unsophisticated.” For my [somewhat annoying] guests who are in that camp—those who might turn their noses up at my bright and fruity summer sparkling wines—I’ll morph the above Crémant de Loire (or Blanquette de Limoux) into a citrusy-tart French 75. They’ll get a drink that’s racy and refreshing. And because it’s spiked with gin, maybe their attitude will mellow a bit. Find my recipe here.

4. Pernod, Ricard, or Pastis

This is a classic South-of-France drink when the temperatures climb. For Bastille Day, I suggest doing something a bit different with it, however, and serving it in a cocktail: Either in un perroquet (with mint syrup) or in une tomate (with grenadine). See my recipes.

5. Une Piscine de Rosé (i.e., a goblet of rosé served over ice)

Yes–I know I’ve written about this trend lately, but it bears repeating. Because honestly, it’s what I’ll be serving this Friday, on the balcony and into the night. In case you’ve missed it, read about La Piscine here.

By the way—a winery has launched a new wine in France called Rosé Piscine—it’s a rosé specifically designed to drink on ice. Please don’t think for a minute that you have to buy this particular rosé. Really, just about any good, crisp rosé will do. But since it’s Bastille Day, please make it French.

Other Posts You Might Enjoy:

This Year’s Bastille Day Party Menu (It’s Easier Than Ever)
Host/Hostess Gifts for Bastille Day
Five Great French Apéritifs + Your Complete Guide to the Apéritif

Alors, what will you be drinking this Bastille Day? Tell me below—or on my Chez Bonne Femme Facebook Page.

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Great Gifts for Bastille Day 2017

This is my second in a series of some posts leading up to Bastille Day, Friday, July 14th. But first, a history refresher:

What, Exactly, Is Bastille Day? Celebrated annually on July 14, Bastille Day is the national holiday of France.  It commemorates the start of the French Revolution, which began on July 14, 1789 as the Bastille, a national prison and symbol of King Louis XVI’s absolute monarchy and power, was overtaken.

Much like America’s Forth of July, the holiday celebrates freedom and the fight against repression. It also celebrates the beginning of France as a republic.

Alors, vive la république!

On to today’s post:

So….you’ve been invited to a Bastille Day Party, and you want to bring a host/hostess gift. Whether you want to go high or low, I’ve got you covered! Here are some of my favorite French and France-related items for your favorite Francophile (or perhaps, just for you).

1. A French Cheese Sampler

Sure, I love heading to a great local cheese-counter and tasting through a bunch of cheeses to find a great gift…but sometimes, I just don’t have the time. That’s why this pretty little package will come in very handy! It comes with some of my favorites: Comté and Tomme de Savoie, as well as ever-popular Camembert and less-known Buchette Nostalgie (a soft goat’s-milk cheese). It also comes with some fig jam, and who doesn’t love that?

Best of all, you don’t have to wrap it….and even better, you can send it after the party, as a thank-you gift.

I also appreciate this: Oftentimes, cheese packages are very expensive to ship. Shipping on this set is free. It currently costs $65.95 on Amazon.

2. Le Creuset Silicone Trivet

I’ve pretty much cracked or chipped all my china trivets, and think this one will last forever. As of today, the price is $15.95, but you know that could change!

3. Le Creuset Cast-Iron Trivet

So, if you’re a little more fancy-pants, why not go for the Le Creuset Cast Iron trivet? It will wear like….iron, of course. And it’s just so lovely, with that kind of belle epoque design that reminds me a bit of the iron railings on balconies all over France. It’s $74.95, but hey, Amazon Prime Day is coming up (July 10), so keep an eye on the price—you never know.

4. My Favorite French Memoir of the Past Year: Finding Fontainebleau (Now in Paperback!)

Released in paperback just last May, this irresistible memoir is must-read for anyone who loves France. What I appreciate most about this book is that it goes beyond the usual touchstones of our Francophilia (The food! The markets! French bakeries! Cafés!) and tells us about a France few of us know: France of the 1950s. The author’s father, an Air Force officer, was posted to the town of Fontainbleau after the war, and Carhart recounts, among other things, life as an American schoolboy in a French lycée, along with camping trips his family took in post-war Europe. Interspersed with these utterly charming stories of his expat American boyhood is the history of the Chateau Fontainbleau itself—intrigues of those who lived there and often made their own marks on art and architecture of the grand residence, from François I to the Bonapartes.

Surprisingly, the book didn’t make the huge splash that Anglophones-in-France memoirs often make, but for you, that’s a good thing: Chance are, the recipient hasn’t already received or read it—and they’ll love you for turning them onto it. Right now, it’s priced on Amazon at $11.29.

5. Spices, Spices, Spices—and Salt!

Bring (or ship) a goodie bag of some essential French spices, including:
Herbes de Provence: The quintessential South-of-France blend of dried spices, anchored by thyme and rosemary, but also with lavender, marjoram, basil, and/or oregano. Great for grilled beef and lamb this summer!
• Piment d’Espelette: The classic Basque seasoning for seafood, chicken, eggs, and pipérade.
Fines Herbes: Tarragon, parsley, chives and chervil in a blend that’s divine on fish, chicken, and seafood.
Fleur de Sel: That beautiful finishing salt that adds extra flavor and texture to food.

Any other great gift ideas for the French food-lover in your life? Please share!

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