If you’ve ever tasted a dark-red cherry from late in the season, picked straight off the tree, it’s a flavor you can’t forget. Even if you think you don’t like cherries, if you taste them like that, you will. Another way you may want to give cherries a try would be this cherry clafoutis. Clafoutis (pronounced “claw-foo-tea”) is basically a fancy French version of flan. Whenever you hear “French” around food, you may think it’s too complicated for anyone but a master chef to make, but don’t be fooled. This dish couldn’t be easier to make, and the addition of cherries gives it a gorgeous pop of color and flavor.
Makes about 6-8 servings
20 oz (600 g) fresh sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted
2 tbsp (30 g) butter, melted
1 cup (240 ml) milk
3/4 cup (100g) flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract (or 3 drops of almond essence)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1.Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Grease a round 10 inch (26cm) baking dish with butter. Dust with about 2 tbsp of sugar.
2. Arrange the cherries in a single layer; set aside until you prepare the batter.
3. Mix eggs with remaining sugar and salt. Stir in flour. Add milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and mix well until well blended. Add melted butter and stir to combine. The result is similar to crepes mixture.
4. Pour the mixture over the cherries.
5. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Serve warm or chilled.
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