Life is a Bowl of Cherries a Recipe for Clafoutis from Provence
Spring starts early in the south of France. Nutmeg was shocked to learn that the cherries on the neighbours’ tree would be ready to eat by the middle of May! Under perfect conditions, local BC cherries only start arriving in Calgary farmers markets in mid-July. Sure enough the white flowering trees quickly turned to producing the luscious red fruit, and all of a sudden the orchards were laden with produce.
…Continue reading here for Nutmeg’s introduction to Clafoutis aux Cerises, an easy flan-style dessert that is a perfect way to use up a bounty of cherries. You can also make this with a variety of other seasonal fruit. It’s equally good with pears, grapes (seeded), plums, or peaches.
Clafoutis aux Cerises
- 3 1/2 pounds Ripe Cherries washed
- 5 large Large Eggs
- 3/4 cup Milk
- 3/4 cup Crème fraiche or heavy whipping cream
- 1 1/4 cups Sugar
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 2 tbsp Vanilla Sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- Butter and Sugar to coat the pan
- Butter the pan (preference is in clay but a glass dish will work)
- Coat with a bit of sugar and discard the excess
- Remove the stocks from the cherries (not the pits) and place them in the pan
- Mix all the other ingredients (eggs, milk, crème fraîche, sugar, flour, vanilla sugar) and pour over the cherries
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes
- Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown
- Sprinkle sugar on the top when you remove it from the oven.