It happened! Cherry season hit the LA farmers markets and I am living my best life. Typically I’m a cherry straight to the face kinda gal, but I’ll make an exception and bake them for this Cherry Clafoutis!
Okay so let’s get a few things out of the way up front. One – pitting cherries can be a pain in the butt at times. However, someone sent me this cherry pitter a few years ago and it’s so easy I can’t even complain. Two – before my cherry pitter came into my life, I would only eat cherries raw. AKA – straight from the farmers market, right into my mouth, spit out the seed style. It’s really who I am at my core. But the world has opened up to me since I started baking with them and it’s time. Cherry season is SHORT so we have to soak it up!
If you’ve never had or heard of a Clafoutis before, it’s a baked French fruit dessert that has a thick flan-like batter piled on top. It’s usually dusted with powdered sugar and served semi-warm and in my opinion, should always have a dollop of freshly whipped cream. It’s perfection. Easy to make and easier to eat – my favorite kind of recipe!! So hop to it, go grab some cherries from your local market and make this Cherry Clafoutis over the weekend!
Also – you could totally skip the cherries if you’re making this at any other time of the year and use another fruit – peaches, blackberries, blueberries… skies the limit!
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (plus extra for greasing the pan)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups sweet cherries, pitted
- 1 cup blackberries
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars and eggs until pale yellow. Slowly add the melted cooled butter until evenly combined. Add the flour and salt and whisk until the batter is a smooth.
- Slowly pour in the milk, whisking until smooth and shiny. Add both extracts and stir to combine.
- Butter a 9 inch baking dish or skillet.
- Place the cherries and blackberries in a buttered baking dish or skillet. Pour the batter over the fruit.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let sit at least 15 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. Serve and dollop with whipped cream
- Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean until medium stiff peaks form and then set aside.
For the Cream