Clafouti is a baked French dessert with cherries and has a texture like flan. I made it for my French themed dinner and that was decided just hours before my dinner party. I googled for recipes and found a Clafouti recipe by Julia Child, shared by many other bloggers. Can’t go wrong when so many people are sharing the recipe!
Julia Child’s Clafouti recipe also call for Cherries. With Bing Cherries going for $3.99 – 4.99/lb, I wasn’t quite willing to get them to make dessert. Strawberries were in season and were much more affordable. So, I went with that alternative.
The clafouti honestly looked kinda ugly when it came out of the oven. But with the help of powdered sugar, fresh strawberry and mint leaves, I disguised the look and made it look fancy! =) The guests enjoyed this dessert and I was pleasantly surprised it tasted better than it looks. Next time, I will try it with other fruits instead. Maybe those will turn out better looking!
Here’s Julia Child’s (Cherry) Clafouti recipe.I would suggest not using strawberry as an alternative!
- 1-1/4 Cups Milk
- 2/3 Cup Sugar, Divided
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 3 Cups Cherry, Pitted
- Powdered Sugar For Garnish
Preheat oven to 350 F. Using a blender, combine the milk, 1/3 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour, and blend.
Lightly butter an 8-cup baking dish, and pour a 1/4-inch layer of the blended mixture over the bottom. Set remaining batter aside. Place dish into the oven for about 7-10 minutes, until a film of batter sets in the pan but the mixture is not baked through. Remove from oven (but don’t turn the oven off, yet). Distribute the pitted cherries over the set batter in the pan, then sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Pour the remaining batter over the cherries and sugar.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until the clafouti is puffed and brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.
June’s Comments: If you do want to incorporate strawberries in your clafouti, I would suggest using about 2-1/2 cups of halved (or quartered) strawberries. I made my clafouti in individual 7oz ramekins. I ended up with 6 individual servings! =)