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The French Clafoutis Black Cherry dessert is a traditional recipe that was born in the Limousin region of France. Where there is a bounty of black cherries, stone fruit, pears and berries to name a few. First time I tried clafoutis was in a recent trip I made to Nice and fell in love.
Being the clafoutis a dessert from France you might think it is complicated to make, but it is not. This dessert is ready in just few minutes and can be made with many other fruits. Such as peach, plums, prunes, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries. When using other fruits but cherries the french clafoutis name changes to flaugnarde.
A traditional french clafoutis uses whole cherries with the pits included. The reason why french prefer to leave the pits is because those contain amygdalin, the active chemical available in almond extract. While the baking process some amygdalin from the pits is released adding a complementary almond note to its flavor.
We are using on this recipe pitted cherries and adding almond extract to provide that same flavor experience. Watch the video to check all recipe details.
The nineteenth century french clafoutis is made with eggs and butter and some flour. It does not require a crust. The taste of the clafoutis custard base is like a homemade pancake. Dusted with powdered sugar, served warm with a side of whipped cream. However my serving suggestion is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The ice cream pairs nicely with the clafoutis flavors and the warmth of the dessert. The ice cream melts slightly complementing the bite. The clafoutis is perfect for serving with coffee or tea.
This recipe is simple but so elegant. I find it perfect for impromptu gatherings to surprise friends and family for tea or coffee time. Are you ready to try this french clafoutis with black cherries?