Fourth of July

Cherry Clafoutis

July  4, 2009
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

A cross between a flan and a tart, clafoutis is one of the simplest French pastries to make. Some chefs choose not to pit the cherries, because they impart a better flavor to the tart, but I don’t like having to worry about breaking my teeth while savoring dessert. The choice is up to you! This is also a nice treat for breakfast, as it's not overly sweet the way clafoutis can often be. —Lauren Shockey

Test Kitchen Notes

Whether you call it "Cla-foo-TEE," "Cla-FOO-tee," or even "Cla-FOO-tis" (yes, we've heard this last pronunciation uttered with unabashed confidence), this eggy French dessert can be tricky to get right. Lauren's version is simple, not too sweet, and tender where others are either gooey or tough. Although we were intrigued by the idea of un-pitted cherries lending better flavor, we decided we didn't want to worry about chipped molars and pitted ours. When cherry season is over, try this recipe with berries instead. - A&M —The Editors

  • Serves about 6
  • 1/2 pound cherries, pitted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup flour, plus extra for dusting the pan
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar, for dusting the pan
  • butter, for greasing the pan
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a pie pan or other round baking dish that measures at least 2” high and 9” wide. Scatter the cherries evenly about the pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and flour, then add the sugar and baking powder and whisk again until combined. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk until the batter is smooth. Pour over the cherries and bake until set and lightly browned, about 40 minutes. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar.
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Lauren Shockey is a New York City-based food writer and author of the cookbook Hangover Helper as well as the culinary memoir Four Kitchens. Previously the restaurant critic at the Village Voice, she has written for such publications as The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and the Wall Street Journal.