New Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis are one of my favourite summer treats. These baked fruit and custard desserts are absolutely delicious made with fresh local fruit (traditionally cherries), they look beautiful, and they're very easy to throw together. I discovered some interesting facts about clafoutis while searching the web and re-visiting the English wikipedia entry I started on the topic:

  • A "clafouiti" is more commonly called a "clafoutis" ("clafoutis" in the plural too)
  • When other kinds of fruit (plums, prunes, apples, cranberries, blackberries..) are used instead of cherries, the dish is called a "flognarde" or "flaugnarde" (I still prefer calling them clafoutis!)
  • Clafoutis originated in Limousin France and spread throughout the country in the 19th century
  • Baking whole cherries (with the pits intact) in a clafoutis imparts a wonderful flavour

Out of curiosity (and laziness) I made my first cherry clafoutis with whole un-pitted cherries. The result? The cherry clafoutis (+pits) had almond-like undertones from the cherry pits, totally delicious! You do have to spit the pits out while you're eating it, but it's totally worth it.

Since I'm off wheat, I experimented until I came up with a delicious nice-textured wheat-free clafoutis -
Recipe: Classic-Style Cherry Clafoutis + Variations

And here's a splendid variation with a slivered almond crust -
Recipe: Cherry Clafoutis with Almond Crust

Both of these clafoutis can be made with other fruit like blueberries, raspberries, halved fresh figs - mmm...

Please share your favourite clafoutis recipes, facts and tips in the comments!
xo Patty

Thanks Michelle for intoducing me to clafouits years ago - you're a great baking buddy. Thanks Crispin for the top photo, you really have a knack for making my baked goods look sexy ;-)


Hot stuff!

Hot damn, those pix are making me hungry!

You're welcome btw! You know I'm just happy to be there to capture those hot baking moments... and to taste the goods once they've cooled down. Laughing

I was going to say -

I was going to say - Patricia - you make that clafouti look extra good! Great pic Crispin!

Awe, thanks guys :)

Awe, thanks guys :)

Mouth Watering

Just looking at the pics of the Cherry Clafoutis with Almond Crust, makes my mouth water. I'll be making this!

Found your site through Koala Brains. Thank you, for sharing your recipes.

My pleasure Tressa, please

My pleasure Tressa, please let us know how your clafoutis turns out :)

What an interesting looking

What an interesting looking dessert. I've never tried that before. I'll give my wife the recipe and see how it goes. :)

Thanks George, please do :)

Thanks George, please do :)