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Author Notes: From David Lebovitz, a marshal of French desserts, comes the simplest and fastest treat on this list: clafoutis, a puffed, pancake-y fruit dessert that I might call the French cousin of the Dutch baby.
All you need is a blender, or a powerful whisking arm, and 45 minutes. (You don't even need a cherry pitter if you've got a bottle and a straw—or if you don't mind giving your dentist anxiety.)
As the clafoutis bakes, the batter puffs, subsuming the cherries; it stays eggy and spongey in the middle while crisping and browning along the vessel's perimeter—and that certainly means you must try at least one scoop from each area.
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
pounds (570 grams) sweet cherries
large eggs, at room temperature
cup (65 grams) all-purpose flour
teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon almond extract (optional)
cup (100 grams) plus 3 tablespoons (38 grams) sugar, divided
cups (330 milliliters) milk
Softened butter, for preparing the baking dish
- Heat the oven to 375° F (190° C). Grease a 2-quart shallow baking dish liberally with butter.
- Stem and pit the cherries and lay them in a single layer in the baking dish.
- Working with a stand blender or an immersion blender and a bowl, blend the eggs, flour, extracts, 1/2 cup sugar, and milk together until smooth.
- Pour the batter over the cherries and sprinkle with remaining 3 tablespoons sugar.
- Bake the clafoutis until the custard is just set; a knife poked in the center should emerge relatively clean after about 45 minutes. Serve the clafoutis warm, at room temperature or cold. It can be made up to a day in advance and refrigerated overnight.
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