Friday, July 12, 2013

FFWD ~ Whole Cherry Clafoutis

FFWD~ Whole Cherry Clafoutis
The first time I tasted Clafoutis was years ago, when we had a french exchange student staying with us for the summer. His mother had sent him off with a recipe in hand, so that he could make a Clafoutis, for his American host family. I loved this delicious cherry custard dessert, from my very first bite. So this week, I was quite delighted when I found that the Whole Cherry Clafoutis, was our French Friday’s pick. It also happens that, this week I was hosting a Luncheon for several of my Bunco friends. Now I had my dessert!

Delicious!!
Black cherries are the traditional fruit used in Clafoutis. The French do not pit their cherries.  The pits are believed to add a more intense flavor to the batter, as it is baked.  They serve it along with little dishes to spit the pits into.  However, I was serving this to my very American friends. I wasn’t willing to take a chance on one of them choking on a pit.  I pitted my cherries!  I have made Clafoutis many times, since I first tasted it those many years ago.  I have made it with blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and of course cherries.  I think this custard filling works well with just about any fruit.
Clafoutis is surprisingly simple to prepare.  Rustic and utterly unpretentious, it is served with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar. I made mine in a 9 inch deep baking dish. The ingredient list is simple.  Eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, flour and ripe cherries. That’s it, and the end product will leave you swooning!  Heavenly!   A great way to end a lovely lunch with the ladies!  It was enjoyed by all!  Happy Friday everyone!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, "Around My French Table”. It is also posted on several blog sites or here.

Pitting the cherries
Place cherries in one layer in baking dish
Add the custard filling and bake
Sprinkle with powdered sugar 
Très lovely
A delightful afternoon lunch with great company!   Sangria anyone? 

32 comments:

  1. Kathy, looks like everyone out there in 'food blogger land' is into cherries right now. Some many different ways of making them in desserts. Love the Cherry Clafoutis ...such a different way then an ordinary cherry tart recipe. I used to have a 'cherry pitter' gadget, just misplaced it, since I hardly ever use it...now, I'm gonna be on the lookout to get one too!

    Nice gathering for a summer luncheon...yes, do pass me a glass of your refreshing Sangria!

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  2. We love fresh cherries! This is one gorgeous clafoutis, Kathy. And yes, a glass of well chilled sangria, please.

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  3. Great party Kathy - love the photo. I took my clafoutis to work and put a warning sign about the pits on it. I was more worried about them saying I forgot to pit the cherries!

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  4. I love Cherry Clafoutis! Yours look so great and perfect. What a great dessert to share with friends.

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  5. OMG...Kathy te ha quedado delicioso y muy lindo me encanta es mi postre preferido, saludos y abrazos.

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  6. Your Cherry clafoutis looks delicious. This was so simple to make and I am planning on making it again using plums which
    I really like. Love the story about your exchange student, do you still keep in touch with him? Such a wonderful experience
    for young people. Have a great weekend.

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  7. I remember you telling us about the exchange student. I still try to picture an American teenager doing the same... love your cherry pitter and you are so right make this with any fruit... great quick dessert because I usually have the ingredients on hand. I just need to make it sweeter for my clan.

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  8. Such a lovely lunch Kathy! I haven't made cherry clafoutis yet and it is on my to-do list, big time !!

    Your cherry clafoutis looks gorgeous and has me so inspired ;-)
    Have a wonderful weekend;)

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  9. I've never made clafoutis before but it looks and sounds delicious. I'm sure your guests gobbled every last bit of it up.

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  10. I need to try that now because I’m so curious about the mix of flavors!

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  11. One of these days I am going to bake a berry heavenly Clafoutis. Until then I too will "swoon" over such deliciousness.

    I love the story of how you were first introduced too, Kathy. So cute:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  12. What a great dessert - I've never made one but it looks delicious -
    Mary x

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  13. Yes - perfect to share with friends :-)

    Have a great weekend.

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  14. Kathy, everything perfect about your wonderful Whole-Cherry Clafoutis - the glass baking dish looks so very pretty (who know how much I love those dishes and pans and...and...and), the Clafoutis looks fantastic and the fact that you got to share this with your lovely frineds, makes it all even more special!
    Have a fabulous weekend, dear friend!

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  15. This look amazing! I love cherries:)

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  16. Looks like you´re enjoying your summer Kathy! Clafoutis is one of the most simple and sophisticated desserts. It looks marvelous, and pitting the cherries is a good idea, always.

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  17. Looks like the Bunco crowd enjoyed it! I like your clear baking dish.

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  18. Perfect for sharing and easy enough not to distract from guests. I love this dish, too. Yours looks so pretty in its glass pie plate.

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  19. LOL well we forgot the powdered sugar on ours and it still was just sweet enough :) it looks nice and cozy on the porch over there! :)

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  20. I always pictured clafouti being hard to make, but you've encouraged me to give it a try. Hope you had a wonderful day with your friends!

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  21. Envious of that cherry pitter! I've been making mine from scratch since sous chef thinks we have too many gadgets. Looks like a fun way to spend an afternoon with bunco, sangria and clafoutis!

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  22. Yours looks so beautiful in your glass dish! I'm glad you and your friends enjoyed this!

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  23. What a lovely picture of your Bunco buddies. I noticed they were all smiling. Glad that you pitted the cherries, Kathy, one chipped tooth among them would have thrown a damper on the luncheon. I bet your friends love to have lunch at your house. I am wondering how the clafoutis you've made in the past compared with this version of Dorie's. I really like the dessert and the idea of it so will make clafoutis again. Should I look at other recipes also? Your presentation was beauitiful.

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  24. I've been busy with grandchildren and such and have missed baking with this wonderful group. This looks delicious--Cherries are at their peak in Utah--maybe I will still make it, a little late.

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  25. Lovely clafoutis & such a fun, perky group of ladies!

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  26. Lovely clafoutis & such a fun, perky group of ladies!

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  27. I remember you mentioning the exchange student before because it brought up memories of those we had in our house of the years while growing up. One was French and he too was sent with recipes to cook for us. I know the debate rages on but I really liked having the pits in as it added to the 'romance' of the dish as i discussed it at the table and put out dishes for pits. Spitting out pits at the table makes everyone friendly.

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  28. What a fun exchange student! I didn't pit my cherries and kind of regretted it.

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  29. I was a little leery about leaving in the pits, but we came through it alive and unchoked. WHEW!! Love the glass dish.

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  30. What a delightful summer dessert. You were very ambitious to pit all those fresh cherries! I smiled at your Bunco picture--the last time I had people over, we had sangria too!

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  31. I see you got one too! I love my cherry pitter! I love clafoutis too, it is such a lovely dessert!

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  32. I forgot to sprinkle powdered sugar on top, but I love the way it looks. I'm glad to know this works well with other summer fruits. I'll definitely be making this again. Other than the French name, this is not pretentious at all.

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