Cherry Clafoutis

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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I said to myself I’d had my fill of cherries this season but I just couldn’t resist buying one of the last remaining boxes. Which is just as well, because Cherry Clafoutis has been on my recipe hit-list for the longest time.

I had a nice little recipe at The for Cherry Clafoutis saved to Pinterest and fully intended to use it verbatim, but it eventually morphed into pretty much the same recipe I used for the delicious Plum Clafoutis I made a while back. After all, why mess with something that worked so well?

And the result? Tart, juicy cherries enveloped by a rich, silky custard and topped with a dollop of softly whipped cream. It may be simple, but this classic French dessert really does stand the test of time.



Celebrate the sweetness of summer with this classic Cherry Clafoutis! Juicy cherries nestled in a delicate custard bake together for a rustic and satisfying French dessert.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 215 kcal


  • 2 cups fresh cherries
  • 6 Tbsp caster sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp kirsch or other brandy
  • 1/3 cup plain flour (I used gluten-free flour)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 drops of almond essence (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp demerara sugar, divided


  • Wash the cherries, remove the stalks and pit them. Put in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the caster sugar and the kirsch, toss together, cover and leave to macerate for two hours.
  • Position a rack in the centre of the oven and heat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Put a 9” deep dish pie plate into the oven so it’s hot when you eventually pour in your custard.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk in the eggs until the mixture is completely smooth; then whisk in the milk, cream, almond essence (if using) and lemon zest.
  • Remove the hot pie plate from the oven and put the butter into it, carefully swirling it around the dish until it’s covered. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the demerara sugar over the base.
  • Add the cherries and juices into the pie plate (they should spread evenly in a single layer). Pour the custard carefully over the fruit (the pie plate will be very full). Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until the custard is puffy and the centre is just set, but still jiggles in the middle. A toothpick inserted into it will come out mostly clean (a bit of moistness is fine). Don’t overbake it though as the custard will continue to firm up as it cools. NB: As the dessert cools, it’s normal for it to deflate a little.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon demerara sugar and serve warm, rather than hot (about an hour after it comes out of the oven is just right).


Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 402IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cherry Clafoutis, cherry tarts
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.

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