Close your eyes and let the aroma transport you to a quaint French patisserie. Whether served as a show-stopping dessert for a dinner party or as a delightful treat for a quiet evening, cherry clafoutis exudes an effortless elegance. Its simplicity and sophistication make it a perfect choice for any occasion.
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 whisk or electric mixer
- 1 baking dish
- 3 cups cherries (or 1½ cups of frozen cherries or pitted cherries)
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1¼ milk
- blossom water or vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- optional: powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven: preheat your oven to 410°F. Grease a baking dish with butter to prevent sticking.
- Prepare the Cherries: Fresh cherries: wash and pit the fresh cherries. Frozen cherries: let them thaw and remove all the remaining water.Optional: cut them in half for a burst of flavor in every bite.
- Create the Batter: in a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, milk, flour, blossom water (or vanilla extract), and a pinch of salt. Blend or whisk using a hand mixer until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
- Layer the Cherries: arrange the pitted cherries in a single layer at the bottom of the prepared baking dish. The cherries will create a beautiful pattern as they bake.
- Pour in the Batter: pour the batter over the cherries, ensuring an even distribution. The batter will surround the cherries, creating a custard-like texture as it bakes.
- Bake to Perfection: place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the clafoutis is set and golden brown on top. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
- Cool and dust: allow the cherry clafoutis to cool slightly before dusting the top with powdered sugar. This adds a touch of sweetness and a hint of elegance.
- Serve the clafoutis: slice the clafoutis into wedges and serve either warm or at room temperature. For an extra flourish, you can add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.