Boozy Cherry Clafoutis for Bastille Day

Cherry Clafoutis. Say that three times fast
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OOOOHHH La la!! Holiday Food Party time and we are going French and celebrating Bastille Day!! When the group was chatting about what holiday to make recipes for next after we posted for Mother’s Day, we thought it was a long time between that and Halloween so we wanted to do something and last year we had posted for 4th of July and thought to go a little different. Bastille Day is celebrated all over France (and the world for that matter) and is called French National Day in France, and is always celebrated on the 14th of July.  We are celebrating a week early with lots of delicious French desserts so you have plenty of time to decide which to make in time for your celebration! Any holiday that includes decadent French desserts is my kind of holiday!

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I went with a Cherry Clafoutis since I have a giant pile of gorgeous cherries and I like saying Clafoutis. This is a pretty easy dessert to make, its similar to a Dutch Baby or German apple pancake, where a batter is blended and its baked in the oven until puffed and golden, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. Yum!

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The other day on Instagram I posted two versions of my bowl of cherries pics, one dark and moody:

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and one light and bright:

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And I asked which one people liked better. The light and bright won by a landslide with 134 likes compared to 65 likes. I personally like both, but the light and bright definitely worked better for the final dish images so I went with those. I love cherries and it was amazing that this dessert even got made with my kiddos and my self eating the cherries while I was making it, especially since I needed to test the recipe first!

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I had never made this dessert before so I looked around online to see what recipe to use and one was Julia Child’s recipe which sounded perfect to make but her version the cherries still had pits in them and I wasn’t down for taking bites and having to spit out cherry pits the entire time I was eating. So pitted cherries it was. I saw that each recipe I came across was slightly different than the next so I decided to do a little hybrid of three recipes I found and  hope for the best. And I am glad I did because it came out amazing!!

Boozy Cherry Clafoutis for Bastille Day
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6-8
Boozy Cherry Clafoutis for Bastille Day #HolidayFoodParty A cross between a large baked crepe and a custard, this easy to prepare boozy cherry clafoutis will wow anyone for your Bastille Day Celebration and they are sure to say “ Ooh la la” at each bite. This will be your Piece De Resistance. I certainly couldn’t resist a piece.
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ c whole milk
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp Kirsch ( Cherry liqueur)
  • 2 Tbsp Amaretto
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ c plus 2 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • ⅔ C cake flour, sifted
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3½ cups pitted dark, sweet cherries.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 Deg f. Generously grease a 10” cast iron skillet with the butter. Set aside.
  2. In a blender combine the milk, cream, liqueurs, eggs and ½ cup of the sugar and blend well. Add in the sifted flour and salt and blend again. Let rest 5 min to let the bubble settle.
  3. Pour ⅓ of the batter into the prepare cast iron pan and bake in the oven for 5 min, or until the top is just barely set. Remove from the oven and place the cherries in circles staring with the very outer edge and press them gently into the batter. You may have leftover cherries depending on their size. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the top of the cherries and then carefully pour the remaining batter over the top.
  4. Bake for 35-45 min, until golden and puffy and a toothpick or knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the dessert.
  5. Let cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Its excellent with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream as well.
Bon Appétit!!
Adapted from [url:3]Julia Child[/url], [url:2]Bon Appetit[/url] and [url:1]Saveur[/url]

And for the rest of the amazing recipes for the #Holiday Food Part check them all out here!!

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  1. Apple Tarte Tatin from Hungry Couple
  2. Chaussons aux Pêches from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
  3. Dark Chocolate Lavender Sables from gotta get baked
  4. Chocolate Cherry Brioche from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
  5. Gougères (Herbed Cheese Puffs) from Crumb
  6. Mendiant from Cravings of a Lunatic
  7. Lemon Raspberry Madeleines from Kelly Bakes
  8. Chocolate Orange Torte from What Smells So Good?
  9. Cherry Clafoutis from Pineapple and Coconut
    1. Doesn’t everything look amazing???

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  1. Stunning as always and I’ve been wanting to try a recipe like this. I’m all about summer cherries and yes, pitted, of course!
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  2. Oh my goodness….looks delicious!

  3. Oh my this looks unbelievable!

  4. Shanna, you always blow me away with your deliciously decadent desserts and your incredible photography. Seriously – your photos are a feast for the eyes…and if only it were a feast for my stomach because I want to reach through my screen and grab that entire pan-ful of clafoutis! I made cherry clafoutis a few years ago and was super disappointed. I need to try your recipe asap to erase that sad memory!
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  5. It has been FAR too long since I’ve had clafoutis, this is waaay up there on my “must make” list
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  6. Oh my Shanna, what a fabulous dessert for cherry season, summer, and Bastille Day!
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  7. OMGeee!! This dish looks delicious! The custard like filling on the inside sounds amazing and loving the boozy cherry topping.. holy yum Shanna! Gorgeous pictures!

  8. Clafoutis is my go-to summertime dessert, though my version isn’t nearly as boozy as yours. I’m pinning this one to try out the next time I get my hands on some nice cherries… love the combo of kirsch and amaretto!
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  9. Mmm this looks great Shanna! Love all the cherries in it!

  10. Like you, I love both pics of the bowls of cherries. A tribute to your fantastic photographic eye. And the Claufoutis is one to make anyone of French origins proud!
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  11. I’ve made Julia’s recipe before, but I HAD to remove the pits! Your clafoutis is gorgeous….and I never thought of its similarity to a Dutch baby…making it perfect for breakfast, too!

    • There is no way I would be wanting to eat this elegant dessert and have to spit the pits out! So I pitted them and added in extra booze with the amaretto to add in that almond flavor. So glad I decided for booze instead of cherry pits. ha ha

  12. This looks wonderful Shanna! I’m sure I could find an excuse to eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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  13. Shanna, this is truly beautiful! I am absolutely making this…because it’s probably ridiculously delicious AND because, yes, I love to say clafoutis too! And thanks for pitting the cherries…I’m betting Julia’s dentist probably loved her, and all she served, dearly!
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  14. Looks amazing. This may be a silly question but how do you take the pits out?

  15. Bastille Day? Where’s the summer going so quickly?? GREG

  16. Booze is sure to make this clafoutI irresistible! I wouldn’t have made it with leaving the pits in either, but it sure would be easier not to pit them :)
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  17. TWO kinds of booze? You win Bastille Day.

    I actually like the dark photo better–but both are gorgeous. Cherries know how to work it.
    Danguole recently posted…White Cake with Cherry and Maraschino Mousse FillingMy Profile

  18. I’ve used Julia’s recipe before for clafoutis and it’s a good one. This looks awesome and your cherries look gigantic in it! Long live cherry season, I swear they are at their best this year.
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  19. I had to pin this. Just wonderful and fun.
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  20. This one is a stunner (no surprise there) and you know my feelings on booze… and cherries… so this is basically all the things I love in a cake. Including that gorgeous aqua pan!

  21. seems like everyone has cherry recipes on the brain this month… this recipe looks delicious! love a good clafoutis – i definitely will be saving this recipe to recreate. thanks for sharing!
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  22. The whole having to spit out the cherries as you eat is mind-boggling (and I have seen recipes like that a lot!). I get that using whole cherries allows you to control the “juices” so that you don’t end up with a soupy mess, BUT… clearly you have a recipe with pitted cherries and no “juice issue” and no cherry pit spitting 😉

    Looks yummy! Happy Bastille Day!
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    • I guess as long as everyone is ok with spitting them out while eating the dessert then more power to them ha ha. I can just picture a cherry pit jar for everyone to spit their pits into and that is kind of gross. ha ha

  23. I like my cherries plump and drunk. This looks amazing. Pinned.

  24. Cherries are my favorite!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks so yummy!

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