I had a big bunch of cherries sitting in my fridge that needed to be baked with….or at least I thought they should be. I went ahead and made this Cherry Clafoutis, not really knowing what it might taste like, since I didn’t even know what a clafoutis was. If you don’t know either, then keep reading and I’ll fill you in!
Both my parents spoke French while they were growing up and they also attended French school. Unfortunately, the French language wasn’t passed down to me but when I saw the word ‘clafoutis’, I recognized it as being French but had no idea what it meant.
Clafoutis comes from the Limousin region of France and is a custard-like tart that originally used black cherries and then filled with a pancake-like batter. A true clafoutis is baked with the cherry pits, to add an almond-like flavor to the dish. Since I have three kids to think about, I discarded the pits.
When I took the dish out of the oven I was quite pleased with how it turned out. Since I baked this at nighttime I waited until the next day to take the pictures. Not a good idea! It definitely didn’t look as appetizing as it did the night before. But, this is what I had to work with and you just have to trust me that it did taste awesome. My family ate the whole dish in one sitting!
I’ve read about making clafoutis with different kinds of fruit, but for my first one, I think cherry was the best!