On April Snowstorms & Brandied Cherry Clafoutis

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis (pronounced klah-foo-TEE) is a custardy dessert full of fruit and vanilla.  Imagine a sweet quiche with the slightest hint of cakiness (the tiny bit of flour also makes the recipe more forgiving).  Perfect for brunch or a dessert with flare.  

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis is a custardy dessert full of fruit and vanilla.  Imagine a sweet quiche with the slightest hint of cakiness (the tiny bit of flour also makes the recipe more forgiving).  Perfect for brunch or a dessert with flare.

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis

Sometimes a lesson bears repeating.  Kind of like a booster shot.  Usually with (just) a little pain.

What on earth am I talking about, you ask?  Well, as I type, I am snowed in for the second time this month.  And a little stir crazy, I might add.  In my entire life, I have only experienced one other freak storm like this.  Though it also left a mark.  

A snowy walk

A snowy walk

It happened many (many) years ago, back when I was in high school.  With an unseasonable snow piling up, the school busses were sent in early, first to the grade schools, then the middle schools.  No sense scaring the smallest children.   

Before long, however, high school was over… and only one bus (mine–hooray!) was in its spot.  All of the regulars piled into it—as well as any prescient teens, living anywhere near the route.  Standing room only.  

When I arrived home, only slightly late, my mother was pacing and worrying that my younger siblings weren’t back.  We dressed in layers, leashed up our Malamute and started down the deserted, snow-blown streets to find them. 

Now this is where the story could go terribly wrong.  But in truth, it’s where it went right.  The walk was warm (although uncommon, April snowstorms are usually 31.5 F), the scenery was stunning, and the dog, clearly in her element, happily danced and snapped at the swirling flakes.  It’s one of my favorite memories!

My only other recollection from the day was getting a call from my friends, still at school.  They were watching movies, playing games in the gym, eating snacks and having a generally fun time.  What!  Things were lightening up, could my mother drive me back?  Wisely she declined (and I learned later that the “fun and games” grew old before long).  A few kids and faculty ended up spending the night. 

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis is a custardy dessert full of fruit and vanilla.  Imagine a sweet quiche with the slightest hint of cakiness (the tiny bit of flour also makes the recipe more forgiving).  Perfect for brunch or a dessert with flare.

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis – today’s baking innovation

So, older and wiser, but again homebound, I am doing some baking, which alas will be based solely on things I have laying around.  I’m kicking myself for not shopping Friday night (the storm started harder than predicted) and thinking back to our last weather event (a 48-hour power outage) where I wished I’d filled the bathtubs when our electricity (and therefore pump) went out.

So, if there’s a lesson here, perhaps it is the classic Hope for the Best; Prepare for the Worst adage.  If you might lose power, fill the bathtub; if you might get snowed in, shop early.  Always bring a book. 

And also know that, if you’re lucky, the day may hold fun campfires or beautiful scenery—and the cupboard may hold cherries for Brandied Cherry Clafoutis!  

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis is a custardy dessert full of fruit and vanilla.  Imagine a sweet quiche with the slightest hint of cakiness (the tiny bit of flour also makes the recipe more forgiving).  Perfect for brunch or a dessert with flare.

Dust Brandied Cherry Clafoutis with powdered sugar

Note: every summer/fall, I preserve some fruit in alcohol (instructions here).  It’s easier than canning and can turn a fruit dessert into a holiday-worthy treat (and the cherry brandy won’t be bad either 🙂 ).  No brandied cherries?  Soak fresh cherries in brandy overnight for a partial kick — or plain cherries will be delicious too.  

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis is a custardy dessert full of fruit and vanilla.  Imagine a sweet quiche with the slightest hint of cakiness (the tiny bit of flour also makes the recipe more forgiving).  Perfect for brunch or a dessert with flare.

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis

Brandied Cherry Clafoutis
Serves 8
Brandied Cherry Clafoutis (pronounced klah-foo-TEE) is a custardy dessert full of fruit and vanilla. Imagine a sweet quiche with the slightest hint of cakiness (the tiny bit of flour also makes the recipe more forgiving). Perfect for brunch or a dessert with flare.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
221 calories
45 g
94 g
3 g
6 g
1 g
156 g
57 g
36 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
156g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221
Calories from Fat 24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 94mg
31%
Sodium 57mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 45g
15%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 36g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
8%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. non-stick spray
  2. 2 cups pitted brandied cherries, drained (or pitted cherries sans brandy)
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 3/4 cup honey
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2/3 cup flour
  7. 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  8. confectioner's sugar for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch deep-dish pie or a 10 inch tart pan with non-stick spray, then arrange the cherries in a single layer in the pan.
  2. Whisk the eggs until they’re foamy, then add the honey and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Add the flour and continue whisking until smooth. Gradually add the milk and whisk until blended. Pour the batter over the fruit.
  3. Bake the clafoutis for 35-45 minutes, or until puffed and lightly browned. A knife inserted into the center should come out clean. Cool until it’s slightly warm, or room temperature.
  4. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.
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calories
221
fat
3g
protein
6g
carbs
45g
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4 thoughts on “On April Snowstorms & Brandied Cherry Clafoutis

  1. grace

    i’ve only made one clafoutis in my life, and i don’t remember being impressed. it didn’t look like this though! it’s definitely time to try again. wouldn’t be so bad to be homebound with a treat like this!

    1. Inger Post author

      You know in reading general comments on clafoutis, some were pleased with them and some weren’t. Those looking for something cake-like were most unhappy, but I’m such a baked custard person, that this was almost a sure thing for me 🙂

  2. David

    A lesson on making lemonade from lemons, or snow cones from snow! Better yet, a fabulous clafoutis! Sorry about the weather. … best NOT to talk to your friends in Arizona!

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