Cherry Clafoutis

In France, they say ‘cerise’

Cherry Clafoutis is a dessert that’s easier to make than properly pronounce. My mom’s directions for making clafoutis are as follows: “pour palačinke batter over cherries and put it in the oven.” The only messy part of this recipe is pitting the cherries – a task I didn’t particularly enjoy as a 5 year old child. I realize now why my mother’s directions for clafoutis are so straight-forward. She leaves out the part where I do all the grunt work and end up covered in cherry juices.

Because Hillary and I are too structured of people to actually follow the palačinke batter + cherries advice, we use Mimi Thorisson’s recipe from A Kitchen in France. Mimi actually doesn’t pit her cherries, which is something my pre-k self would have been very happy about. If you’d rather not throw caution to the wind, try these pitting methods or pick up a special pitter.


  • 3 1/2 TBS unsalted butter, melted and cooled + extra butter for cake pan
  • 1 LB cherries, pits removed
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
  •  3/4 cup + 1 TBS whole milk
  • 4 eggs
  • Powdered sugar for *dusting*


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Pit the cherries either with a pitting tool or using a chopstick.
  3. Butter a 9 inch round cake pan. Arrange the cherries in the bottom of the pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean seeds.
  5. Whisking gently, add the milk and then eggs (one by one). Add the melted butter and whisk until the batter is nice and smooth. Pour the batter over the cherries.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and bake for another 30ish minutes.
  7. Place the pan on a rack and let cool for at least 1 hour.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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