Cherry Clafoutis

by Erica Dinho on June 25, 2010

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a delicious French baked dessert that is a cross between a cake and custard, and is perfect for summer. Traditional clafoutis are made using cherries with their pits still in, which are supposed to add more flavor to the dish. In this recipe the pits are removed, making this dessert easier to eat, but you can do it either way. There are many variations of clafoutis using different fruits, depending on the recipe, and this one is my recipe for you guys.

The clafoutis is best served warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and vanilla ice cream on the side.



(4- 6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon butter,at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for the baking dish
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving



  1. Make the batter: Sift the flour, sugar, and salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and heavy cream until well blended. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an oval oven-proof dish or individual dishes, with the butter. Sprinkle the bottom and sides with sugar.
  3. Place the cherries in the oven-proof dish. Pour the batter over the cherries and place in the oven.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the custard is firm. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the clafoutis warm with a scoop of ice cream.
  5. Cherry Clafoutis with Ice cream

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joy June 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

This is cruel! We won’t have cherries here for months yet, and I want, I want, I want!
Well, I will calm myself and think of it as a promise of good things to come!
Thanks Erica


2 Jeannie June 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Mmmm..looks delicious especially with the icecream on the side!


3 Luigi June 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Wow I can not tell you how good that looks, I think I am with you, I would prefer the cherry without stones. It is not very elegant to spit out pitts while you are eating. :)


4 Ivy June 25, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Never made clafoutis before. It sounds delicious but I wouldn’t like it with the pits still it :)


5 Jhonny Walker June 25, 2010 at 2:14 PM

I adore cherry clafoutis :)


6 Belinda @zomppa June 25, 2010 at 3:34 PM

One of my favorite and most classic desserts. Don’t you love cherry season?


7 Carla June 25, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Okay, now I know what I’m doing with some of the beautiful cherries I just recently bought. I really thought making a clafoutis was harder than this.
Thanks for the incentive.


8 Baking is my Zen June 25, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Ice cream coompliments this dessert so well…


9 Erica June 25, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Thank you guys and have a nice weekend!


10 Sophie June 26, 2010 at 5:54 AM

Your cherry clafoutis looks fabulous, dear Erica!!



11 norma June 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM

This looks divine…..My husband loves cherries


12 lisaiscooking June 26, 2010 at 9:29 AM

I need to try again with clafoutis. I attempted a blackberry version a couple of weeks ago, and it didn’t turn out well at all. Too firm on the bottom and too goopy on top. Yours looks great, and now I’m inspired to try again!


13 Joanne June 26, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I absolutely love the texture of clafoutis and your pairing with vanilla ice cream is key!


14 Faith June 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

This is absolutely beautiful! I’ve been really enjoying fresh cherries lately too — I love summer fruits!


15 Oysterculture June 26, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I love cherry clafoutis, and with all the cherries out there, this is a real favorite in this house.


16 grace June 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

i think clafoutis is the perfect thing to make with fresh cherries. what a decadent dessert!


17 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen June 26, 2010 at 5:43 PM

I love Clafoutis !!! This looks great!


18 Rachana June 26, 2010 at 7:17 PM

OMG! This is irresistible :-) Cherry Clafoutis with ice-cream is a deadly combination :-)


19 Sandra G. June 26, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Wow I’ve always eaten fresh cherries, never though of making a dessert with it!


20 rebecca subbiah June 26, 2010 at 9:41 PM

oh wow never heard of this looks amazing oh and with ice cream divine


21 Anna June 26, 2010 at 11:25 PM

I love Cherry Clafoutis it’s such a luscious breakfast. Yours looks lovely. And serve with ice cream yummmm!


22 Stella June 27, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Hey Erica, I’ve been seeing a lot of Clafoutis lately. It sounds good, and yours looks perfectly executed. If I try this type of thing out, I’ll use your post here as a guide.
Have a nice weekend!


23 Erica June 27, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Thank you for the comments!


24 pierre June 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM

hi erica
cherry clafoutis is very popluar in France :: bravo Pierre


25 Empar June 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

¡Guauuuuuu Erica!
Quien pudiera meter la cuchara en esa fuente.

Un beso y feliz domingo.


26 Cooking with Kait June 27, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Hi Erica, this clafoutis looks terrific, especially with a scoop of ice cream.


27 Olga @ MangoTomato June 27, 2010 at 10:09 PM

oh wow! Love cherries, and this dessert looks AMAZING. Especially with the ice cream.


28 Sook June 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Oh Erica, this looks so sweet and delicious! I always love the pictures of your food and they are always taken outside. Love it!


29 Tracey@TangledNoodle June 28, 2010 at 8:39 AM

A wonderful clafoutis! I actually made one just a few days ago but I’m a bit shy about posting a photo of it – the cherries sunk to the bottom so it doesn’t have the rich, juicy, fruity look of yours. I will have to try your recipe instead – it would be a great reason to buy more cherries! 8-)


30 Soma June 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I had been seeing so many clafoutis that i had to make mine last week., with peach and cherry. What a neat idea to serve it with ice cream. We ate ours straight out of the oven. beautiful pictures.


31 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction July 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

This looks lovely! I’d love to have it for breakfast. I saw some fresh cherries at the market and now I’m wishing I had picked them up.


32 Erica July 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Thank you all!


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