so i’ve seen clafoutis around the blogs for years and it always looks tasty and easy to make
so the other day i decided to give it a try with some cherries we had laying around

I found this recipe on foodnetwork.com
Cherry Clafoutis
Recipe Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
Show: Emeril Live
Episode: French Classics

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split in half
1 tablespoon brandy
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 pound stoned cherries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an oval ovenproof dish about 13 inches long. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Scrape the vanilla bean and add the pulp to the egg mixture. Stir in the brandy and flour. Whisk in the milk to form a smooth batter. In a mixing bowl, toss the cherries with the remaining sugar. Place the cherries in the ovenproof dish. Pour the batter over the cherries and place in the oven. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake is sponge like. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the clafoutis warm. Garnish with powdered sugar.

So…
I didn’t have a vanilla bean, not brandy, nor a whole pound of cherries…

But I wasn’t gonna let that stop me!
First, I grabbed the muffin pan and greased it

then i pitted 24 cherries and put 4 in each muffin cup
then i whipped up the batter, dividing the recipe by 4
i used a random bottle of sherry we had in the back of the bar from last Christmas’ trifle extravaganza in place of the brandy, and added a bit extra just for fun

i poured the batter into the cups and set it in the oven, i was figuring about half the cooking time from the recipe (so 20 minutes)

and look how they puffed up!
they don’t mention that in the recipe!
but they felt pretty sponge-like after that 20 minutes, and i threw them in for 5 more minutes just in case


i really really liked them

but then i realized that i have no basis for comparison! i have no idea what clafoutis is “supposed” to taste like!
and that happens so rarely for me! i made something i’d never eaten before!

It was like baked custard… spongy, eggy, sweet, with juicy tasty cherries
also great with ice cream on top!
even Bear enjoyed it and he’s not a dessert guy!

(reheat on a plate covered with plastic wrap in the microwave for 30 seconds the next day)

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