On one of my recent flea market forays, I found these lovely porcelain dishes – they just called out to me from their crate! They weren’t all that expensive so I bought six!!
With the cherries in season, it was time to put the dishes to work. I had a feeling that they would be the perfect size for an individual cherry clafoutis. You might have heard of clafoutis – it is a kind of flan, traditionally made with black cherries. I had some red cherries, but I thought they would work just fine too! 😀
The basic ngredients are very simple: cherries, cream, milk, eggs, sugar and a tiny bit of butter to grease the dishes.
Here’s a completely gratuitous picture of the cherries in one of my new dishes:
The cherries can be pitted or not – as you wish. Traditionally the stones are left in the cherries, as they are supposed to release some additional flavour during cooking. To my mind, the advantage of leaving the stones in the cherries is that it makes for faster preparation. The washed cherries are simply stemmed and arranged in the dishes – there are 17 cherries in each dish!
For the batter, the eggs are beaten with the sugar, then the cream, milk and kirsch are added. Once all is well mixed the batter is evenly divided between the four dishes.
After 30 minutes the clafoutis should be nicely browned and puffed up.
Now you just have to wait until the clafoutis are lukewarm, before you tuck in! 😀 The tops can be dusted with icing (confectioners) sugar, but I prefer mine without. Bonne degustation!
500 g cherries
90 ml creme fraiche
60 ml milk
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp kirsch (replace with milk if making this for children)
butter for greasing
Pre-heat the oven to 185°C. Butter four individual oven-proof dishes, just large enough to hold your cherries in a single layer; my dishes measure 10cm across the bottom and 14cm across the outer rim. You could also use a single (larger) dish, just be sure that the fruits fit snugly. A square baking dish, approx 23 x 23cm should work well.
Wash your cherries, remove the stems and decide on whether or not you want to remove the pits. Arrange the cherries in the dishes.
Break the eggs into a mixing bowl; add the sugar and beat to mix well. Add the creme fraiche, milk and kirsch and stir until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the four dishes and bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until nicely browned, and puffed around the edges.
Serve lukewarm or at room temperature, dusted with icing sugar if you like. This can be prepared ahead of time, but be sure to allow the clafoutis to come to room temperature before serving.