Bake

Caramelized Cherry Clafoutis Recipe

July 17, 2019
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

The French believe that leaving the pits in the cherries makes the clafoutis more flavorful. It’s certainly easier on the cook, and provides lots of opportunity for playful pit-spitting and juicy red fingers when you serve the dessert. The squeamish may pit their cherries, but if you want the real deal, leave your cherries intact. As it were.

(And so you’ll be able to pronounce it when you serve it, it's klah-foo-tee, with the accent on the last syllable.) —Abra Bennett

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 50 minutes
  • Makes 9x13 clafoutis
Ingredients
  • Caramelized cherries
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds perfectly ripe cherries
  • Clafoutis batter
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 yolks
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Extra butter, for topping
  • Powdered sugar, for garnishing (optional)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Remove stems from the cherries, but leave the pits in. (Again, if you're squeamish, you may pit your cherries; just know that the end result will taste a little different.)
  2. For the caramelized cherries: In a large nonstick pan, melt the 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon sugar. Add the cherries and let them slowly caramelize over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the juices begin to run and the fruit looks glazed, about 10 to 15 minutes. Generously butter a 9×13-inch pan and place the cherries in it, distributing them evenly.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F and while the cherries are cooling a bit, prepare the batter: Beat the eggs, yolks, and salt together very well, using a whisk. Beat in the sugar, then sprinkle in the flour while continuing to whisk until batter is smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, melted butter, and vanilla and add to the dry mixture, stirring until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter carefully over the cherries in the buttered pan, being careful to keep the fruit evenly distributed. Generously dot the top with little slivers of the extra butter. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the top is puffed and deeply golden.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar if you'd like, then serve warm or at room temperature, warning your guests about the pits.

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