Cherry-Almond Clafoutis – Just when I thought clafoutis couldn’t get any better, I came up with Cherry Almond. The flavor combination might sound surprising but it works beautifully together. Homemade Clafoutis is the perfect dessert treat when you want to serve something homemade and a bit different. This decadent French cake/pudding/dessert is hard to pronounce but easy to make.
Gordon Ramsay’s individual cherry and almond clafoutis
- AUGUST 2010
Test kitchen approved
- SERVES 6
- TAKES 20 MIN TO MAKE, 20 MIN TO COOK, PLUS 24 HOURS RESTING
Gordon Ramsay’s clafoutis recipe is based on a classic French favourite. Here, an almond-flavoured batter is baked in shallow dishes over a layer of gorgeous summer cherries.
NUTRITION: PER SERVING
CALORIES433KCALSFAT33.1G (16.2G SATURATED)PROTEIN7.5GCARBOHYDRATES26.3G (24.8G SUGAR)SALT0.3G
- 50g ground almonds
- 15g strong plain flour
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 large free-range eggs, plus 3 large yolks
- 250ml double cream
- 300g ripe fresh cherries, or 250g marinated cherries, drained
- Unsalted butter, softened, for greasing
- Icing sugar, sifted, to dust
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Whizz the ground almonds, flour, a good pinch of sea salt and the caster sugar in a food processor for a few seconds to blend. Add the eggs, yolks and cream, then blend to a smooth batter, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Tip into a jug or bowl, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Meanwhile, stone the fresh cherries, if using, and pat them dry if they are particularly juicy. Grease 6 x 10cm tartlet tins or shallow gratin dishes with softened butter.
- Scatter the cherries over the base of the tins or dishes. Stir the batter in the jug or bowl, then pour evenly over the cherries. Bake for about 12 minutes (20 minutes if in glass or ceramic dishes) until risen and golden brown. The middle may not rise as much as the edges but it should be set. If not, bake for a little longer. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.
- The batter benefits from resting for a full 24 hours. Prepare the batter and fruit in advance, but don’t put together and bake until the last minute.
CHERRY ALMOND CLAFOUTIS (GLUTEN FREE)
Cherry Almond Clafoutis is an elegant, impressive and beautiful dessert that couldn’t be more simple to bake. Made with almond flour and sweet, pitted cherries, this delicious gluten-free recipe requires less than 20 minutes of active cooking time.
WHAT IS CLAFOUTIS?
I’m sneaking in this Cherry Almond Clafoutis recipe at the very end of the cherry season because I want to get in one last recipe while I can still get local cherries.!
Clafoutis is actually a French dessert using summer fruit, traditionally cherries, baked in a crepe-like batter. Clafoutis has a custard-like texture similar to a flan. Although clafoutis is an elegant dessert, it couldn’t be simpler to make. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. And it’s a delicious way to use summer fruit.
HOW TO PRONOUNCE ‘CLAFOUTIS’
It’s a funny word, Clafoutis. If you’re going to serve this dessert, it’s a good idea to know how to say it. It’s pronounced in French as kla-foo-TEE, and in English as kla-FOO-tee.
TO PIT THE CHERRIES, OR NOT?
Traditionally, clafoutis is made with unpitted cherries. The reason for keeping the cherry pits is to impart some of the almond flavours that the pits contain. Which is why cherries and almonds are naturally a classic pairing. In addition, pitting the cherries allows the cherry juice to colour the custard, which is not an issue for me.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS CHERRY ALMOND CLAFOUTIS
- Blender: I used a bender (at high speed) to combine the eggs, almond milk, sugar, almond flour, cornstarch, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. I prefer to use a blender because it gets the ingredients perfectly smooth, but you can use other blending methods if you prefer.
- Cherries: I prefer to pit the fresh cherries so that nobody breaks a tooth eating my cherry almond clafoutis. However, I still have plenty of almond flavour via almond flour, as well as almond milk in this recipe.
- Almond Flour: This recipe is gluten-free. Almond flour is not only gluten-free, but it also adds a wonderful flavour and texture to this dessert. However, regular all-purpose flour can be used if gluten isn’t an issue for you, and you prefer it. You can replace the almond flavour by adding a teaspoon of almond extract to the batter.
- Almond Milk: Almond milk does have a faint almond taste, but any milk, including dairy can be used in place of the almond milk. I would, however, avoid coconut milk, just because the coconut flavour can overpower the cherries.
- Brandy: If you don’t have brandy, it’s fine to omit it. Or, you can also substitute other spirits, such as rum, or an orange, almond, or cherry liqueur.
- Other Ingredients: You will also need, eggs, sugar, cornstarch, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt for this cherry almond clafoutis recipe.
HOW TO MAKE THIS CHERRY ALMOND CLAFOUTIS, STEP BY STEP
STEP 1: PREP
First you will want to combine the cherries and brandy in a mixing bowl and set aside. Then, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 10″ baking dish.
STEP 2: COMBINE INGREDIENTS
In a blender, or using an electric mixer combine the eggs, almond milk, sugar, almond flour, cornstarch, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Blend at high speed until smooth.
STEP 3: CONSTRUCT CLAFOUTIS
Arrange the pitted cherries on the bottom of the greased baking dish, then pour the batter over the cherries.
STEP 4: BAKE
Bake for 60 minutes or until golden and no longer jiggly in the centre. Cracks on the top are normal.
STEP 5: COOL AND SERVE CHERRY ALMOND CLAFOUTIS
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing, then dust with powdered sugar and enjoy.
HOW TO SERVE CHERRY ALMOND CLAFOUTIS
A dusting of powdered sugar is really all that’s needed to dress up this impressive dessert. Because cherry clafoutis is all about the cherries, any accompaniments should be pretty plain, in order to let those glorious ruby fruits shine. A scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipping cream are both perfect if you want something extra. And you can drizzle a little cherry liqueur if you want to get really fancy.
CAN I MAKE THIS DESSERT AHEAD?
Clafoutis is delicious warm from the oven, but equally nice cold. So yes, you can make this dessert in the morning, and serve it for dessert after dinner, either cold or gently reheated. To reheat, cover with foil and put it in a low-temperature oven until heated through.
WHAT KIND OF BAKING PAN DO I NEED?
You can bake clafoutis in just about any oven-safe dish. I used a pie plate here, but I often make it in a cast-iron skillet. A cake pan or casserole dish will also work. And you can even bake individual clafoutis in ramekins or muffin tins.
CAN I USE OTHER FRUITS BESIDES CHERRIES?
Cherries are classic for clafoutis, but just about any fruit will be perfect in a clafoutis. Try peaches, apricots, blueberries, raspberries, plums or any combination. Stone fruits and berries are particularly suited to this dessert, but you can even use apples, pears, or citrus fruits, too.
CAN I USE FROZEN FRUIT IN A CLAFOUTIS?
Yes, you can use frozen fruit. If you stash some of that glorious summer fruit in the freezer, you can make clafoutis any time of year. Just be sure to thaw the fruit completely, and drain off any juices before baking.
A slimming friendly version of the traditional baked French dessert, Cherry and Almond Clafoutis is super easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. Serve it cold with a big scoop of fat free fromage frais or even some reduced fat/light aerosol cream on the side.
This colourful, fruity dessert would be the perfect last course for a dinner party – so make sure to save room! It would go perfectly with a fruity cocktail too, which would round off an evening with friends perfectly. You could serve it with this refreshing Raspberry Vodka Fizz and stick with the berry theme!
What diets is this Cherry and Almond Clafoutis suitable for?
This Cherry and Almond Clafoutis recipe is suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets.
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Cherry and Almond Clafoutis recipe?
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The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Cherry and Almond Clafoutis?
How many calories are in this Cherry and Almond Clafoutis?
There are 97 calories per portion in this Cherry and Almond Clafoutis, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
This Cherry and Almond Clafoutis is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly!
Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Beat together the eggs, sweetener, almond essence, vanilla essence and fromage frais until mixed thoroughly.
Halve and stone the cherries and scatter them over the base of a large flan dish.
Pour over the egg mixture and bake for 50–60 minutes.
When cooked, it should feel springy and have started to brown at the edges.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing and eating.
Why not make a trio of tempting desserts to go alongside your Cherry and Almond Clafoutis?
Summer Berry Dessert
Cranberry and Almond Oat Cookies
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
How do you know when your Cherry and Almond Clafoutis is cooked?
When cooked, the Cherry and Almond Clafoutis should feel springy and have started to brown at the edges – this will take around 50-60 minutes.
How long can you keep Cherry and Almond Clafoutis in the fridge?
Once cooled, keep your Cherry and Almond Clafoutis chilled in the fridge. Covered, it will keep in the fridge for approximately 3 days.
Can I freeze this Cherry and Almond Clafoutis?
It isn’t advised to freeze this recipe as berries tend to become very soft and lose their structure when frozen.