Black Cherry Clafoutis

Black Cherry Clafoutis Most recipe posts originate from a personal memory, feeling or special moment. This recipe post is slightly different. It has evolved after being inspired by a single ingredient.  

In this fast-paced modern world where almost every food is available regardless of seasonality, the availability of black cherries when not in season is a special rarity.  So imagine my surprise when I discovered an abundance of the dark purple jewels at the farmers market.

Black Cherry Clafoutis Black Cherry Clafoutis The cherries were juicy, perfectly ripe and accompanied by their familiar intoxicating sweet aroma. Cherries truly are a seasonal summer fruit that cannot be grown year round… so let me disclose that the cherries were not cheap. It has been a long time since I last saw perfect cherries trickle their way into markets and stores, so I was determined not to let this cherry opportunity pass.

There is no better way to celebrate the dark and elusive beauty of black cherries than with a french clafoutis. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a clafoutis, consider it as part custard and part cake. Don’t let the tricky name scare you off though, the recipe is actually incredibly simple… the hardest part is pitting the cherries!

Black Cherry Clafoutis Black Cherry Clafoutis French traditionalists (a la Julia Child, Larousse Gastronomique) assert that the proper way to make a clafoutis is to use the whole cherry. This prevents the cherries leaking away their potent juices and the almond flavoured pits are also said to add a further intensity to the pastry-less cake.

Rebelling against the traditional, I pitted my cherries as I love the way they burst, swell and ooze their deep purples hues through the sweet and eggy custard.  When hot out of the oven, the eggy clafoutis is surrounded by crisp edges and impressively puffs into a golden soufflé esque dome before inevitably collapsing into a soft, custard like pancake.

Black Cherry Clafoutis

Fresh cherries on hand or not, a clafoutis can be made all year round with a multitude of in season fruits and still retain the same deep and luxurious flavour. My rendition is also flavoured with kirsch liqueur which adds an extra layer of sinful to the sweet cherry flavour.

It took every ounce of self-control not to devour the skillet-full whilst photographing. This black cherry clafoutis is irresistible…and always commands an impressive “ooh la la” when presented! I guarantee you will love this recipe as much as I do.

Black Cherry Clafoutis
Serves 6
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For the cherries
  1. 3 cups of dark cherries, pitted
  2. 150ml kirsch liqueur
  3. 100 grams caster sugar
For the custard base
  1. 1 tbsp butter, room temperature
  2. 1 1/2 cups full fat milk
  3. 4 large eggs, room temperature
  4. 3/4 cup caster sugar
  5. 2/3 cup plain flour, sifted
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  1. Two hours before cooking, combine the pitted cherries with sugar and liqueur and let macerate.
  2. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  3. Grease a 10" cast iron skillet or your choice of baking dish with butter.
  4. With an electric mixer on low speed combine the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Add the sifted flour and mix to combine. Let the mixture sit for up to ten minutes, or until slightly thickened and bubbles have subsided.
  5. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the skillet and bake for up to 10 minutes or until the top is beginning to set.
  6. Remove from the oven and and stud the custard with the macerated cherries.
  7. Carefully pour the remaining batter oven the top of the cherries.
  8. Bake for a further 20-30 minutes or until puffed, golden and the edges are beginning to crisp.
  9. Remove from oven, let set slightly and serve warm.
Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking
butter and brioche
  Black Cherry Clafoutis


  1. Your photos are so striking! A real feast for the eyes.

  2. As soon as I saw this dish I knew I was going to make it! However, I had no cherries so I subbed in rhubarb. It turned out lovely, except definitely not as vibrant looking as the cherries! Rhubarb isn’t as pretty as cherries it seems :)
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  3. Not gonna lie, my jaw dropped when your page finished loading. Everything looks so delicious and stunning! (I’m having a really hard time deciding which to attempt to recreate first, haha.)
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  4. Wow this looks amazing! I LOVE cherries, hate the price though. It’s totally worth splurging on them to make this :)
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  5. Yummy love it
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  6. Stunning pictures! Love cherries and always looking for new recipes to use them in different ways. Thanks!

  7. I’ve never heard of a clafoutis, but it looks so yummy and I’d love to try it. :)
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  8. I’ve never heard of clafoutis. However, part custard/cake sounds amazing! If we don’t have black cherries, do you think regular ones would work?
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  9. This looks so delicious!! I made a cherry and white chocolate clafoutis and loved this dessert. Seeing yours has reminded me how delicious they are! Also I have to say, your images are just beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing,
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  10. I’ve never had a clafoutis before, but your description made me crave one RIGHT NOW. This is gorgeous!
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  11. That’s a stunning dessert. I’ve never made one as good as my French grandmother so I’m going to try your recipe. Maybe my Ma Mère left something out just to be tricky. :)
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  12. I’ve always wanted to try a clafoutis. Yours looks gorgeous!
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  13. Looks totally irresistible. Your clafoutis is perfect, love the photos too, mouthwatering indeed.
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  14. This is just perfect!!!! I’ll definitely try this! My hubby loves cherries. I’ll make a nice surprise for him :)
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  15. I lov cherries and sadly haven’t cooked anything with them this summer. I love the recipe! Thanks for introducing clafoutis to me :), will try to make it soon :)
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  16. I absolutely love your photos for this recipe, especially how you capture the deep rich color of the cherries, while still keeping the overall photography light and cheery. Adding this to my list of recipes to try!

  17. I cannot get enough of cherries this year! I’ve honestly never made a clafoutis before, baking always gets the best of me because you actually have to measure ingredients <— the worst! But this recipe doesn't seem too bad ;) Perfect August dessert!
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  18. Beautiful photos!! And I LOVE brioche!! :)

  19. This is such a beautiful looking recipe. Your photography is mouth-watering too. So glad I popped over.

    It’s a pleasure to browse around. So glad I stopped by.

    Hope you have a lovely day,

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  20. What a beautiful dessert! I absolutely love that you used black cherries. And your pictures are gorgeous!
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  21. Cherries are in season here and are so juicy and sweet, it’s the perfect time to try your Cherry Clafouits. Love your clicks :)
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  22. This is a very pretty clafoutis. I’m very much looking forward to cherry season.
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  23. Such a lovely dish! And fantastic recipe. Yum!

  24. This looks so delicious! And I’m totally for pitting the cherries too! Beautiful!
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  25. What a gorgeously elegant dessert! Your photographs are amazing too… Just beautiful!
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  26. Cherries are my favorite fruit, and totally worth the price premium. I love the look of your clafoutis in the cast iron pan- pinned!
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  27. I love clafoutis! They’re so simple, yet so summery and irresistible! This looks absolutely beautiful, Thaila. I want to gobble up all those gorgeous black cherries!
    P.S. LOVE your photos!
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  28. I have never had clafoutis before, but this looks so good I am going to make one soon. Thank you for the introduction to this dessert!

  29. Thalia, I followed you back from my site and am very glad I got to know you this way – your blog is beautiful and I think i want to make everything here!
    Last year I made a clafoutis with gooseberries and that was a great fruit for it, too ( And I also once made a savory version with cherry tomatoes, but for some reason, never yet the classic one with cherries – it’s about time!

  30. What a beautiful clafoutis! You have such darling photos :).
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  31. Great photographs… Makes me wanna bake a clafoutis right now :)

  32. Oh you rebel :) Love it! Wow this is one of the prettiest clafoutis I have ever seen. Amazing colors!

  33. Wow! This is so beautiful – like art! I love, love, love the photos too – makes me want to eat it! Haha! Pinned!
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  34. Clafoutis is one of my favourite desserts! This looks so delicious :)
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  35. This looks wonderful! It would be perfect for a dinner party – so fancy!
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  36. How gorgeous is that!? I have never made clafoutis before.. This is definitely on my list.. Love it! :)
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  37. This Clafoutis looks divine! Your photos are fantastic. I wanted to lick my screen.
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  38. I still can’t get over just how perfect this is!
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  39. This looks super yummy! I bet is was a lot of work pitting the cherries, but worth it. A cherry pitter has been on my list. I love your rustic and elegant photography, and skillets are amazing for any recipe.

  40. Oh, those cherries are gorgeous. I love being inspired by a stunning food like that, and am totally impressed that you held off devouring them – looks like it was worth it!
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  41. I love cherries and this looks absolutely delicious! Love your photos :D
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  42. Blueberry clafoutis was the first dessert I learned to make really well. But I think cherry clafoutis is the very best. This is beautiful!
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  43. I love using cherries in baking. Had made a cherry and nectarine cobbler just the other day, wanna give this calouftis a try sometime. Thanks a lot for visiting my space, had no idea it was winter in Australia ;-)

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  44. Beautiful pictures! The cherries look so delicious and gorgeous in this dish.
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  45. The cherries were SO sweet this year! I made a clafoutis last summer, but now your photo makes me wish I had baked another! Gorgeous!
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  46. Your photos are gorgeous! I love a classic cherry clafoutis and nice addition of kirsch too.

    And although it’s not traditional, I can’t deal with whole cherries in desserts! Pitted cherries for sure.
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  47. What a gorgeous clafoutis! The black cherries are totally worth the splurge; they are such a treat when you find good ones while in season. Good idea to leave the pits out!
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  48. I just made Dutch Babies this weekend, and this sounds very similar to them! I think a clafoutis is a more intricate version of a dutch baby… whatever you want to call it, it sounds perfect!
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  49. Those black cherries look gorgeous. And I adore clafoutis, and you’ve got such a delicious thick layer of them here. YUM!
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  50. Oh Thalia, this cherry clafoutis is absolutely stunning! You really did those perfect cherries justice.
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  51. Those cherries look amazing and so does the clafoutis. Another great recipe T!

  52. The first thing I make with summer cherries is always a clafoutis. I absolutely love it. Yours looks heavenly!
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  53. This clafoutis is beautiful, Thalia! I can’t get enough cherries lately and they look amazing in here :)

  54. Beautiful stunning photos of clafoutis :D
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  55. I just love the color of black cherry juice. This clafoutis is beautiful. : )
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  56. What a gorgeous recipe! I know my family would just love this!
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  57. This is gorgeous! I just bought a cast iron pan today… can’t wait to put it to use :)
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  58. What a beautiful dish! I’ve also seen a profusion of beautiful dark cherries lately and their jewel-like shape and color are enticing! You’ve certainly done them justice with this amazing recipe!
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  59. I had actually never heard of clafoutis before, but I HAD to check it out! Your pictures are stunning as per usual! My mom absolutely loves cherries, and she’s now hinting for me to make this for her birthday on Thursday! I think you’ve made her day xx

  60. This looks fantastic! I need to make this for my mom, she is obsessed with cherries and would love this!
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  61. That’s interesting that traditionalists leave the cherry pit in- what a pain to be spitting them out while you eat! This looks absolutely delicious, I have never made a Clafoutis but maybe it’s time for me to give it a try!
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  62. This recipe looks amazing! Beautiful photos and a delicious way of using seasonal cherries. I agree about pitting the cherrie too. I think the deep purples hues make it look delicious and rustic, and it’s soooo much easier to eat :-)
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  63. I have never made Clafoutis before. This is gorgeous!
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  64. Looks and sounds gorgeous! And I think it’s absolutely justifiable to spend lots and lots of money on fresh cherries – they’re only available for a few months every year after all!
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  65. I have to admit, I did not know what Clafoutis was. After reading about it, I want to make one.

  66. I have yet to try making a clafoutis, and I can’t wait to whip one up, especially after this post! This looks amazing, Thalia, and I love all of those beautiful cherries. :)
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  67. Your Black Cherry Clafoutis looks lovely!
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  68. Oh this looks delicious, love desserts cooked in a skillet. Did not realize that this was custardy like in texture, now it sounds even better……..
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  69. I love the way you write and your pictures are stunning. Would you recommend to use canned/jared cherries or are they too liquid for the recipe?

    • i have never used canned cherries before, the only other variety i have used a frozen. can cherries can still work as long as they’re drained before hand… the liquid might actually look quite good!

  70. Beautiful photos! I love cherry desserts – especially in the summer when cherries are so ripe.

  71. So beautiful with all those dark red cherry jewels. I want to run out and find some cherries and make this clafoutis!
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  72. I’ve never made or eaten a clafoutis, which is surprising considering the time I spent in France! I’ve always been kind of skeptical of the texture, but you describe it beautifully! I must make it soon before cherries go out of season here!
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  73. Thalia, the way you lay out the cherries , I just want to jump right in and grab a handful. I can’t believe the season is coming to an end.
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  74. I believe you when you say this is irresistible! It really looks like a magnificent treat. Like you, I would prepare it with pitted cherries.
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  75. This dessert looks stunning! And your website is gorgeous :)

  76. Hi Thalia,
    Your Clafoutis looks superb! I’m a big fan of cherries and can’t wait for summer again – we have a friend in Young, Australia’s cherry capital so we are always blessed with an abundance of fresh, perfectly plump and ripe cherries.
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  77. stunning. I have nothing else to say. Oh wait – except d@mn it, cherries aren’t in season here in Aus!!

  78. I can image the juice of the black berries combining into the Clafoutis. Ps, Love the wonderful photos.
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  79. I’ve never tried a clafoutis, but I’m definitely inspired to try one now. These are really beautiful pics- and delicious looking dish!
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  80. Those cherries are gorgeous! I’ve never made a clafoutis before. Must put this recipe on my list to try!
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  81. I’v never had clafoutis before, but this is easily like the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all day! Not fond of cherries myself but would love to try this out with blackberries…
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  82. I’ve heard of a clafoutis before, but didn’t know that they were ‘custardy’. Mmmm … they sound so delicious! Anything that hails from the French has my vote, especially with beautiful cherries in it.
    I love the idea of being able to make this with any in-season fruit. Me sees one of these in my near future!
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  83. Yummo. Can’t wait for the summer fruits to start arriving in the stores. I love cherries but raspberries are my absolute favourite.

  84. Oh wow, this looks so gorgeous, Thalia. I absolutely adore cherries, you really cannot beat fresh cherries – they’re the best. My kids know my love for cherries when they were brining me stolen cherries in their pockets home from school. There’s a cherry tree on the school grounds, hehe.

    This looks so perfect. I think I’d rebel and pit the cherries too. Pinning.
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  85. Classy and beautiful.
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  86. This looks and sounds amazing, a pefect summer cake!

  87. Oh my! This looks stunning and delicious!

  88. This is so beautiful! I made my first clafoutis a few months ago with raspberries and fell head over heels. I can’t wait to try your recipe with black cherries!

  89. That sounds awesome! I love clafoutis, this version looks great :)
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  90. This looks so good! I devour cherries when they are in season, and can barely stand to do anything with them, other than eat them fresh. But this recipe might change that!
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  91. This looks beyond delicious! I am eating some juicy sweet cherries now…need to get more to make this clafoutis too.
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  92. I just wanted to make my own cherry clafoutis this week! Yours looks so delicious!!
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