Cherry Clafoutis: A French Classic

>>>Cherry Clafoutis: A French Classic
Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French Dessert dating back to the 19th Century loaded with lovely Cherries I flavour mine with a hint of almond liqueur.

Desserts really are not my forte, I have a repertoire of hundreds of savoury recipes but not many when it comes to sweet stuff, although my Cherry Clafoutis is one that I kinda rock like a good un’. I am not too adventurous when it comes to desserts and tend to stick to fairly classical ideas with just a few twists and this Cherry Clafoutis is no different.

Although rather than rocking the kirsch as the liqueur I favour Amaretto. Because lets face it cherries just love almonds and I think it adds a lovely mellow flavour. Apart from that it is a fairly classical Clafoutis, my preference for serving with vanilla ice cream would be scoffed at by those in Limousin, where the Clafoutis apparently hails.

But it’s my pudding and I’ll have it as I want it. The batter or custard should be quite light and still have a little wobble when it is cooked, if you over cook it then it does have a tendency to go a little ‘hockey puck’esque’.

It is not the first of my rare desserts that is inspired by our three cherry trees, I did a Cherry Bakewell last summer, yes that really is as often as I eat desserts. Thatrecipe also featured very similar flavour profiles.

This recipe calls for 250g of cherries, although if you are anything like me I suggest buying at least 500g… Why, because chefs perks and all that!

Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French Dessert dating back to the 19th Century loaded with lovely Cherries I flavour mine with a hint of almond liqueur.

I am a sucker for cherries and will be found nibbling them constantly throughout the day. One of our trees is just 30m from our front door and will grab a handful everytime I take the dogs for a walk and another one when we return. Well they need using and not leaving for the starlings which seem to like them even more than I do!

We often end up with far more than we can use in any sensible way, I naturally make jams and even pickle a few cherries but realistically if you have cherry trees there is always a surplus. What to do with to many cherries, apart from Cherry Clafoutis of course is a major concern. I deal with it in a way that is truly fitting, turn them into wine!

A simple task of crushing, pressing adding a little brewers yeast, allow to ferment and bottle, allow to sit for 6-8 months and consume. I may have lied a little when I mentioned 500g of cherries, I was actually climbing trees today collecting ingredients for todays Cherry Clafoutis recipe. That and a wee drop of Chataux Jones Cherry 2016 as my wife captured in the image below.

Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French Dessert dating back to the 19th Century loaded with lovely Cherries I flavour mine with a hint of almond liqueur.
Cherry Clafoutis
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French Dessert dating back to the 19th Century loaded with lovely Cherries I flavour mine with a hint of almond liqueur

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Calories: 410 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
  • 250 g Cherries. Cleaned and pitted a traditional clafoutis does not pit the cherries but I can't be doing with spitting at the dinner table, use an olive or cherry pitter.
  • 2 Tbsp Amaretto. Many people use kirsh but lets face it cherries lurve almonds.
  • 1 Tbsp Soft Brown Sugar. Plus extra to line the bowls.
  • 1 Egg.
  • 50 g Plain Flour.
  • 30 g Sugar.
  • 125 ml Milk.
  • 1 Tbsp Butter. Melted.
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence.
  1. After pitting the cherries mix them with the Amaretto and the one tablespoon of sugar and allow them to steep for a couple of hours.
  2. Now mix together the egg, sugar, milk, melted butter and vanilla essence to form a batter, I have heard of all sorts of complicated ways to do this I find, chucking in a bowl and mixing is fine a few small lumps are not an issue.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180Β°C.
  4. I use two 12cm individual faln bowls for this dish that are about 3cm deep.
  5. Grease the bowls with butter then sprinkle with brown sugar and spin around to line the bowls with a sugary coating.
  6. Now layer in the cherries with any juice.
  7. Then pour over the batter and place in the oven for between 25-30 minutes, the batter should be cooked with just a little wobble in the centre.
  8. Allow to cool a little before serving.
Recipe Notes

Far from being traditional I like to serve my Clafoutis with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, I love that hot and cold dessert 'thing'!

Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French Dessert dating back to the 19th Century loaded with lovely Cherries I flavour mine with a hint of almond liqueur.



  1. Immaculate June 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Oh my! This looks like the perfect summer dessert – Quick and Easy. Never tried one before but am sure it’s quite a treat. YUM!

    • Brian Jones June 12, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

      Really is very simple to make and it is best allowed to cool a little too so a proper dessert you can get ready and eat without faffing after your main course… I can’t claim it though a French classic that has been popular for a couple of hundred years πŸ˜€

  2. Sarah @ Champagne Tastes June 11, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I am SO JEALOUS of that cherry tree! Cherries are stinking expensive here and j hardly ever get to eat them. Clafoutis is one of my favorite desserts! Yummm

    • Brian Jones June 12, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

      It is odd how somethings are expensive in different parts of the world, cherries are kinda dirt cheap over here… The profusion of trees kinda forces it that way. We do have 3 trees so can stick one in the post if you like although shipping would probably be a bit steep πŸ˜‰

  3. Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies June 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I have never had this before, but it looks amazing with the cherries! I love that these are individual servings.

    • Brian Jones June 12, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

      Thanks Holly, I try and do most of my desserts as single servings as we don’t eat them often so they need to be done dusted and finished on the day or they got to waste.

  4. Emma Walton June 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Is it cherry season already?! They are one of my favourite fruits and cherry clafoutis is a classic that never disappoints. Great recipe πŸ™‚

    • Brian Jones June 12, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

      Certainly is for us although the UK maybe 2-4 weeks behind Central Europe… So right about clafoutis, such a classic and so simple.

  5. Jillian Wade June 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I have a cherry tree in my yard that’s just about ready for picking, I can’t wait to try this recipe because the list of ingredients is short and it looks delicious and easy to make!

    • Brian Jones June 12, 2016 at 6:40 am - Reply

      Thanks Jillian, it really is a simple but glorious recipe… I guess it has a couple of hundred years to get to a level of perfection that can not be questioned.

  6. I have always wanted to try making a clafoutis Brian! This one looks sooo good πŸ™‚ And I’m super jealous of your cherry tree!

    • Brian Jones June 21, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

      You should definitely give it a go Paige, really simple and utterly delicious, quick question though does three cherry trees make you 3 times as envious or envious to the power of 3 πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

  7. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. June 21, 2016 at 1:34 am - Reply

    This looks so similar to something my grandma used to make but her name wasn’t as delicious sounding…dump cake πŸ˜‰ I love sweet summer cherries and just added this to my summer must make list!

    • Brian Jones June 21, 2016 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Heheheeee, giving something a French name just makes it sound sexier… No idea why you Americans have not figured that out yet πŸ˜€

  8. Hillary Reeves June 23, 2016 at 1:01 am - Reply

    I LOVE clafoutis. The one time I tried to make them, I totally screwed them up, but you’re giving me the courage to try again. Looks sooo good.

    • Brian Jones June 23, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Give em a go again, a real treat, let’s face it I am hardly known as a dessert monster so I am sure the will be much better this time πŸ™‚

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