Thursday, July 22, 2010


"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides."

~ W.E. Johns, The Passing Show



~ Clafoutis or clafouti (pronounced kla-foo-TEE) is a French country cherry flan from the Limousin region of France. Best made during cherry season but with good quality canned cherries available, this dessert or brunch recipe can be enjoyed year-round.


1 - 1 1/2 lbs. pitted cherries, (drained if using canned)

3 organic eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. Kirsch (cherry brandy)

2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  • Beat sugar and eggs together until light in color. Gradually whisk in butter until incorporated. Add flour all at once and whisk until batter is homogeneous. Slowly pour in milk, a bit at a time. Add vanilla & Kirsch, mixing well.
  • Place pitted cherries in buttered 9-10 inch glass or earthenware baking dish. Pour batter over fruit. Bake approximately 30-40 minutes until slightly browned and almost completely set in the middle. Allow to rest 15 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. ( 6-8 servings)
  • Leftovers (probably not) are excellent for brunch.


Anonymous said...

Dear Joey, Oh, how this posting has brought back memories of times, sadly long past, in France where I have enjoyed so many puddings very similar to the Clafoutis which you describe here. Positively delicious. And how very clever to have tied it in with the Rudbeckia which looks to be the most gorgeous colour.

As always, a beautifully presented and inspiring posting.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Hi Joey

I like clafoutis but really think it need to be just warm with lashings of custard, ermm, I mean creme anglaise.

The colour in your rudbeckia is consistent. I grew it last year and it varied quite a lot, don't know why, beautiful annual all the same.

The Idiot said...

Ah, it's a classic really, and so much easier to make than many think!

Interestingly, if you omit the sugar, add a bit more seasoning and herbs, plus some duck, you get a duck and cherry clafoutis.

I stumbled on that by realising that the base recipe is a yorkshire pudding batter with sugar added!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, I have never seen that rudebeckia - great color. My husband would love the cherry flan - he's the cherry lover in the family.


donna said...

It's a little early in the morning for brandy, but I can handle it. lol

Gorgeous, as are all your photos.


Basil Anthony Beighey said...

Your photos are great; you're a real professional!

As a marketing and creative professional, I use stock photography on a regular basis and these nature photos are as good as I've seen.



Victoria said...

Fabulous the colorscape of this series...gorgeous gorgeous..yay more photo art..beautiful! Great recipe too!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love those pink rudbeckia! This is the first time I've seen them. Our garden centers are a little behind the times. I will certainly watch for them.

Your cherry flan sounds so good.

joey said...

Thank you, dear Edith. This post was premature and meant to open on Friday while I was away. Blogger thought different! Delighted you enjoyed it ... now I'm off again!

Indeed Rob ... yum. I'm really enjoying these since they seem to be very happy and love the color, a compliment to their lovely scented neighbors, chocolate cosmos!

Wow, IG, you are not only witty but wise! I love duck and, come autumn, will give it a try.

Thanks you, Eileen. Don't hesitate to give it a try ... it's very easy.

Hi Donna ... yes, a bit early but ... Thank you for the lovely comment.

Aw, Skip, you are a dear. (How much do I owe you?) I'm a fan of yours also ... good genetics!

Thank you joyful, Kiki! We have a wonderful way with thoughts and words.

Hi Marnie. I fell in love with this at the Farmer's Market. One of my favorite vendors knows me and insisted I give them a try. Pleasantly surprised plus they look stunning next to my chocolate cosmos! Do hope your father is feeling better. Wishing you a delightful weekend.

Rose said...

These are so beautiful! I planted two of them just a few weeks ago--I couldn't resist them when I saw them on sale at the nursery. I'm hoping they reseed themselves like my other Rudbeckia do.

I have some cherries from the neighbor's still in my's raining, so sounds like a good day for baking this dessert! Your "lazy" lasagna also sounds so good--much easier than the "lazy" recipe I often use:)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Mmmm, I love flan and I love cherries. SO, you make this next time we're together, OK?! HA!!! Love the photos even if that one kind of makes me dizzy. ;-)

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

The double exposure is amazing. I love that flower.~~Dee

F Cameron said...

Oh, I'll have to try your cherry claoutis recipe! I've been able to get good cherries off and on this summer.

I literally bought and brought home three 'Cherry Brandy' rudbeckias, then when I went online to read about planting locations, I read mixed reviews about them not holding the color. I turned right around and returned them that day! I was at that same nursery last week and those pots that I returned had indeed bloomed brown and yellow, not cherry! You're lucky with yours.

T. Becque said...

Neat ideas here! I'm so not a cook but I like the idea of lazy lasagna!

joey said...

Hope you are as happy with yours as I am with mine, Rose. I'm surprised by their beauty. It's fun to meet a new garden friend that seems happy with old neighbors. Let me know if you try and enjoy the Lazy Lasagna, an easy lake favorite.

By the time we get together again, Monica, you will have forgotten this and order something else ... but your wish is my command, Toots :) Sorry 'bout the photo ... take an aspirin! Still dreamin' of lunch with Liz and the summer pudding!

Thank you, Dee. This colorful flower was so fun to photograph and play with!

Cherries rule in Michigan, Cameron! Would love to share some with you. A favorite grower that I purched these from at the Farmer's Market assured me that these were great performers, I should try them. Trusting her advice, I am delighted! The color is rich and wonderful, a perfect fit where I wanted them.

Welcome T. Becque and thank you for visiting. Do hope you return. I so enjoyed time on your lovely site.

Shady Gardener said...

Your photos are wonderful - very artistic there!! Your recipe sounds delicious... why, oh why do I not settle down to try some of your recipes?? (I've only tried the Ghiardelli brownies - which were wonderful)

Chad said...

Scott and I came across many of tthese flowers yesterday on our floral shoot at Thanksgiving point. I felt they were some of the pretiest flowers there. As usual you photos bring out everything the flower has to offer.

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

You had loads of fun with this flower--I can see. It was in my garden last year and thankfully came back. So unusual isn't it?

Kala said...

Beautiful cherry rudbeckia! And another wonderful sounding recipe dear Joey.

joey said...

Thanks dear Shady. Give it a try and let me know. Hope your weekend is enjoyable. A bit of a delay in answering since am at the lake :)

What a kind comment, Chad. Thank you. Sounded like you and Scott had a wonderful time on your floral shoot!

I did have fun, Anna! Is yours still as wonderful/colorful as last year?

Thanks, dear Kala (loved your last shot also :)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Oh, my gosh, this sounds so delicious! And, I love cherries. Now if I could talk you into making it for me and sending it out here I'd be all set. Tee hee. Hope you're having a fun weekend, Joey.

imac said...

Very neat and Arty shots Joey.

Wendy said...

ooooooh, I am sooo going to make this. I've been eyeballing the baskets of cherries at the farmer's market wondering what to do with them.

joey said...

Thanks imac ... have been OOT for 5 days, fun to catch up! Now back to the real world and a garden that calls, BIG TIME!

Hi Wendy ... do hope you give it a try and let me know how you liked it. BTW, your children are adorable!

joey said...

Whoops, dear Kate! So sorry ... sent cherry dessert by Pony Express but ...

Kathryn/ said...

Joey, dear, what an absolutely beautiful photo of that rudbeckia greeting us this morning! I've never seen that color of rudbeckia before. I will have to track down some seeds. So lovely! And the recipe sounds perfect for summer! Hugs! Kathryn xoox

Nutty Gnome said...

JOEY!!! I've only just had my breakfast and here you are, temting me with Clafoutis - which I adore!!!

(have you tried it drizzled with hot chocolate sauce?!)

I also love your rudbeckia and am very envious because all the seeds I planted got drowned then fried, so never quite happened!

Have a lovely weekend at the lake.

joey said...

Hello, dear Kathryn, and thank you. Do hope your summer is wonderful! And how could it not be holding copies of your new book ... congratulations! (Count me in for a copy)

Hi Nutty. Wow, hot chocolate sauce sounds yummy! Shame on me, due to time/space, I don't do seeds :( These were purchased as established container plants from a favorite grower at the Farmer's Market and perhaps why they are so handsome :) Thank you, dear friend. Enjoy the weekend also ... got home from the lake late Monday and heading back tomorrow. Hard to catch up with all here but I'm not complaining :)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

What a clever post! I think that's the kind of rudbecia which is sold as an annual here, but came back this spring. Mine needs to be deadheaded.

Rick said...

Wow - I've never seen them this colour before - I have a lot of the yellow ones and they're happily reseeding themselves all over the place. Perhaps of few seeds of yours will fly up to my garden! ;-)