Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis Recipe with Amaretto Liqueur

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Indulge in the heavenly combination of dark cherries and almonds in this Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis recipe.

This French dessert features juicy cherries covered with an almond custard batter and toasted almond slices, making it a perfect treat for any occasion.

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Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis Recipe

Indulging in a Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis (pronounced “kla-foo-tee”) is a true delight. This French custard tart is a simple yet impressive dessert that looks and tastes like a work of art.

Traditionally, the cherries were left with their pits intact to impart a subtle, almond-like flavor to the dish as it baked.

However, modern versions tend to use pitted cherries instead. To replicate the original taste, this recipe calls for the addition of almond extract and sliced almonds.

There’s something about the taste of fresh, in-season cherries that’s hard to resist, which is why they are the perfect choice for this classic French dessert.

Enjoy with some whipped cream on a scoop of vanilla ice cream – pure bliss!

Preparing this delectable Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis recipe is actually pretty easy and straightforward.

Let’s take a closer look at how it’s done…

Dark Cherry Clafoutis with Almonds

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis

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Recipe for Cherry & Almond Clafoutis

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How Do I Make Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis?

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Step 1 – Preheat & Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Grease a medium-sized oval baking dish with softened butter and set it aside.

Step 2 – Prepare Cherries: Place the cherries into a medium bowl and add one tablespoon of the sugar. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Amaretto, if using, or gently press the cherries to release the remaining liquid. Toss to combine and set them aside.

Step 3 – Make Batter: Place the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and flour into a high-speed blender. Pulse until the ingredients are combined and foamy. Do not over-blend.

Tip: Over-blending the batter can activate the gluten in the flour and lead to a tough, rubbery consistency.

Step 4 – Assemble Clafoutis: Arrange the cherries in the bottom of the greased baking dish and pour the batter on top.

Add the sliced almonds in a single layer on top and gently press down with a spatula so they are mostly submerged in the batter, but still near the top, as shown.

Step 5 – Bake Clafoutis: Place the baking dish in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Tip: Test for doneness after 35 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center to see if it comes out clean. Adjust the final cook time accordingly. Do not overbake.

Step 6 – Cool & Serve: Remove the cherry-almond clafoutis from the oven and cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar right before serving. Enjoy!

Cherry & Almond Clafoutis Recipe

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Recipe Tips

  • Frozen cherries can be used when fresh is unavailable (or if you don’t want to take the time to pit the cherries yourself). Just be sure to thaw and drain the frozen cherries before using.
  • Reserve the liquid from the frozen cherries for another use. The juice is delicious when combined with sparkling water or added to fruit smoothies.
  • For best results, macerate the frozen cherries in a little sugar and some almond-flavored liqueur (or a little of the juice from thawing) for up to 2 hours. This will greatly enhance the flavor.
  • Over-blending the batter can activate the gluten in the flour and lead to a tough, rubbery consistency.
  • You can serve clafoutis warm from the oven, but it is also good at room temperature and even cold.
  • Apricots, peaches, and plums are great alternatives for cherries when making a clafoutis. Simply switch out the 2 cups of cherries with pitted and sliced fruit choices.

Storing Leftovers & Freezing

  • Clafoutis is best served on the day it is made, but if you need to store it, or have leftovers, cool it (within 1-2 hours), transfer it to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for 1-2 days.
  • This dish isn’t really suitable for freezing as the consistency when defrosted isn’t particularly good. It’s best to make the clafoutis on the day you want to enjoy it.

Printable Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis Recipe Card

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Dark Cherry-Almond Clafoutis

Michelle Ordever
Delight your senses with a Dark Cherry Almond Clafoutis, where succulent cherries and nutty almonds come together in a custardy, baked dessert that's both elegant and comforting.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine French
Servings 4 -6
Calories 553 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries*
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp white sugar divided
  • 1-2 Tbsp almond-flavored liqueur such as amaretto, optional
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose plain flour
  • cup sliced almonds
  • Powdered sugar icing sugar, for dusting

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Grease a medium-sized oval baking dish with softened butter and set it aside.
  • Place the cherries into a medium bowl and add one tablespoon of the sugar. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Amaretto, if using, or gently press the cherries to release the remaining liquid. Toss to combine and set them aside.
  • Place the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and flour into a high-speed blender. Pulse until the ingredients are combined and foamy. Do not over-blend, see notes.
  • Arrange the cherries in the bottom of the greased baking dish and pour the batter on top. Add the sliced almonds in a single layer on top and gently press down with a spatula so they are mostly submerged in the batter, but still near the top, as shown.
  • Place the baking dish in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Tip: Test for doneness after 35 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center to see if it comes out clean. Adjust the final cook time accordingly. Do not overbake.
  • Remove the cherry-almond clafoutis from the oven and cool for 15 minutes before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar right before serving. Enjoy!

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Notes

*or 1 (12-oz/350g) bag of frozen cherries, thawed and drained
Over-blending the batter can activate the gluten in the flour and lead to a tough, rubbery consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 111mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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