Feeling Fancy and French

by | Dec 19, 2022 | Food & Drink, Recipes

This classic French fruit-based recipe is as good for breakfast as it is for dessert.

For Christmas last year I received a set of Le Creuset stoneware mini cocottes. They are the most beautiful color of blue and match my kitchen and dining room perfectly. I’ve used them for individual baked macaroni and cheese, pot pie, potato au gratin and most recently cherry clafoutis.

Clafoutis is a classic fruity French patisserie somewhere between a cake and a flan. It fluffs up like a moist cake then settles as it cools, transforming into a custardy, creamy consistency like a flan. I have chosen to share the cherry version with you; however, you can use other stone fruits like apricots, peaches, plums or apples — or even use a couple fruits for a more complex flavor and texture.

Cherry season in North Carolina is typically June thorough July, but the warmth and tartness of the taste when cooked lends to the cooler months in my mind. Cherries are available in serval forms throughout the year at most grocery stores; therefore, they are in season constantly. But there are certain types of fresh local cherries that you can only find during peak season.

For this recipe I choose to pit the cherries. I don’t own a cherry pitter, so I used a chopstick. You can also use a metal straw or a thick plastic straw and simply just push the pit out of each cherry.

If you feel like being authentic, then don’t pit the cherries. The traditional French way of making cherry clafoutis leaves the cherries whole. It keeps the cherries from leaking their juices into the pastry, and the pits are said to add a hint of almond flavor. To me it is just irritating to spit them out while trying to enjoy the dish so I incorporate almond extract instead. You do whatever you feel, but be sure to warn your guests if you leave the pits in!

While clafoutis is usually and traditionally served as a dessert, I found that it is also wonderful for breakfast. When I prepared this dish for my family of three it was chilly outside and we had the fireplace roaring. There were three left over, which we stored in the refrigerator overnight and enjoyed the next morning for breakfast. Paired with dark roast coffee, it was a magical start to the day.

Feel free to use whipped cream or vanilla ice cream instead of powdered sugar. You really can’t go wrong!

Photography by James Stefiuk

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Cherry Clafoutis
This classic French fruit-based recipe is sa good for breakfast as it is for dessert.
Whats Cookin Cherry Clafoutis
Course Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Keyword cherry
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Keyword cherry
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Whats Cookin Cherry Clafoutis
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease six mini cocottes or ramekins with softened butter.
  3. Distribute cherries among the cocottes and sprinkle with half the sugar (¼ cup).
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the flour and remaining sugar and beat. Add milk, almond and vanilla extract, Chambord and beat until well combined.
  5. Pour the batter over the cherries and sugar into the mini cocottes then sprinkle the top with almond slivers.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes and serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.

About the author

Sandi Grigg

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of working on the coast. I earned my degree in Marketing/Branding and started to build a life with my spouse and son. Together, we enjoy fishing, going to hear live music and spending time with family. At home I love to cook and write recipes, take on DIY home improvement endeavors and grill out with friends. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has showed me that you really can enjoy your job, and we feel like a family. I am truly grateful to have a career I love.
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