Easy Cherry Clafoutis – A classic rustic French recipe combining fresh sweet cherries in a smooth and delicious pancake-like batter. It’s so simple to make! All you need is fresh cherries, butter, sugar, egg, salt, vanilla extract, almond extract and milk. The perfect desert to wow your family and friends! Quick and easy recipe. Party food. Great for a holiday brunch such as Easter, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Video recipe. | Tipbuzz.com

This Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French dessert made with fresh sweet cherries baked in a sweet batter. It’s comfort food at it’s best, and surprisingly simple to make. Serve it for a homestyle dessert or dress it up for a party. Plus video tutorial!

This cherry clafoutis is one of my favorite desserts, and it melts in your mouth in a seiously addictive way! So when cherry season arrives, usually May through August, pick up a quart of them and give this recipe a try!

The clafoutis (sometimes called clafouti stateside) was invented in central France, a big cherry growing region. It has stood the test of time because it’s so attractive, easy to make and amazingly delicious. Some people even eat it for breakfast – it’s that good!

You can make cherry clafoutis using a heavy pie plate, cast iron pan, tart mold or even individual ramekins. So use what you have on hand. Any variety of sweet cherry will do for this recipe including bing, montmorency or Rainier.

A wedge cherry clafoutis on a serving plate with fresh cherries on the side


Pitting the cherries is the most of the effort for this recipe, so be sure to check out our beer bottle hack in the video.

The next step is to grease a pie plate with butter and put in the pitted cherries in one layer.

Fresh sweet cherries in a single layer in a pie plate when preparing a cherry clafoutis

Now you’re ready to make the batter using eggs, sugar, flour, milk, salt, vanilla and almond extract. It’s similar to a pancake batter but with a thinner consistency.

The batter should be poured into the pan, and the level will rise enough to surround and almost cover the cherries.

Pouring the batter to a pie plate full of cherries when making cherry clafoutis

And then into the oven it goes. You want to bake it until it’s puffy in the middle and golden on top.

It’ll deflate slightly after it comes out, and that’s perfectly normal. A dusting of powdered sugar gives it a beautiful look and will also cover up any imperfections.

A freshly baked cherry clafoutis with browned edges and a dusting of powdered sugar

To serve a cherry clafoutis, simply use a pie server to lift a piece out of the pan. Just like pie, right?

Clafoutis really stand on their own without much need for garnishes. If you wish, you can serve with whipped cream or an accent of fresh cherries on the side.

Closeup photo of serving a wedge of cherry clafoutis out of a pie plate


This quick video tutorial shows how to make a cherry clafoutis:

A classic rustic French recipe using summer’s fresh cherries. It’s so smooth and melts in your mouth.
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Easy Cherry Clafoutis (with Video)

This Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French dessert made with fresh sweet cherries baked in a sweet batter. It's comfort food at it's best, and amazingly simple to make. Serve it for a homestyle dessert or dress it up for a party. 
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 6 servings



  • 3 1/2 cups fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
  • unsalted butter, (to grease the baking dish)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

Clafoutis Batter

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8 inch pie plate and sprinkle granulated sugar evenly on top.
  • Wash and dry the cherries. Pit them easily using a chopstick and an empty bottle according to the video.
  • Place the cherries in the prepared pan, where they should fit snugly into a single layer.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and almond extract until smooth. 
  • Stir in the melted butter (once cool/lukewarm). Then stir in the flour until smooth, and finally mix in the milk.
  • Immediately pour the batter over the cherries in the pan. 
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until puffy and golden on the edges.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Dust with powdered sugar and cut into wedges. Serve and enjoy!


-If you can't find cherries, then consider using one of the following fruits instead: plums, pitted prunes or blueberries.


Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 283mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 7.6%, Vitamin C: 6.8%, Calcium: 7.4%, Iron: 6.7%
Author: TipBuzz
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: clafoutis
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Editor note: Published Aug 22, 2017 and updated June 13, 2018