"Clafoutis aux cerises " or traditional french cherry cake.
It is cherry season again !! Time to make some cherry cake or as we say "clafoutis" in Provence. This is a very simple recipe that sure will delect eveybody.
For 6 people and a round baking dish about 10" diameter 2 " deep :
Butter the botton of the mold .Then fill it up with enough cherries to cover the mold entirely and almost have a partial second layer of fruits ( you'll need almost 2 pounds of fruits ) .Pit the cherries carefully !!
Cover the fruits with a batter made with :
2 eggs lightly beaten , 200ml of whipping cream,
50grs of grounded almonds ( about 4 tablespoons ) available at Trader Joes . Ralph and Whole foods also sell almond meal
75grs of self rising flour ( about 4 tablespoons ) , 40 grs of melted butter , 75 to 100 grs of sugar depending on how sweet or not the cherries are ( 4 to 6 tbs ) , vanilla ( extract or beans) and a dash of a good dark rhum .
( please note that the tablespoons measurements are really approximative....my mum said a couple of soup spoons = 2 tbs ?? I measure in grams not in tbs.....measuring in grams will give you the perfect result and you won't take the chance to have a cake to heavy in flour ....)
Sprinkle with some coarse crystallized sugar and a few sliced almonds .Bake at 350F for about 30 to 40 mns ( until knife comes out clean and cake is golden brown )
Serve with some panacotta ice cream or vanilla ice cream. I think that cake is best eaten a few hours after it's done ...almost still a bit warm so I try to make it late afternoon if we'll have it for dinner. It gets a bit soggy the next day with the moisture of the fruits.