Have you ever made a clafoutis? My friend Garrett McCord taught me how to make this classic French treat years ago. It’s one of the easiest desserts you can make, especially if you find yourself with extra cherries or berries on hand.
It’s a custard of sorts, a firm custard, one with enough structure to support a lot of fruit. The basic ingredients are sugar, eggs, flour, and fruit. Easy! For this cherry clafoutis we’ve also included some vanilla extract, almond extract, and blanched almonds.
Right out of the oven this clafoutis looks a little like a battlefield of cherries. Which is why I think one sprinkles powdered sugar over it before serving. Anything can be made pretty with powdered sugar, n’est-ce pas?
As Garrett says, “if you’re a fan of desserts with little work and a lot of payoff, then clafoutis is the way to go.” Agreed!
Updated from the recipe archive. First posted in 2009.