Cherry Almond Clafoutis (Gluten Free)

Cherry Almond Clafoutis in a white pie plate

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.

Cherry Almond Clafoutis in a white pie plate

What is Clafoutis?

Clafoutis is 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.

Cherry Almond Clafoutis in a white pie plate on a wooden board

 

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.

Cherry dessert baked in a pie plate

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.

I prefer to pit the 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. 

I have a cherry pitter, which is an inexpensive but very handy tool to have in the kitchen during cherry season. It makes short work of pitting cherries for this recipe as well as Cherry Walnut Couscous SaladCherry Amaretto Ice Cream, or  Pickled Balsamic Cherries.

If you don’t have a cherry pitter, check out How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

One slice of caflouti dessert on a white plate

Can I Make Cherry Almond Clafoutis 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 re-heated. 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 Cafloutis?

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.

Baked Cherry Almond Clafoutis in a white pie plate with one slice removed on a white plate

How to Serve 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.

A slice of Cherry Almond Clafoutis on a white plate with a fork

 

Cherry Almond Clafoutis in a white pie plate

Cherry Almond Clafoutis

Colleen
Cherry Almond Clafoutis is an elegant and impressive dessert that couldn't be more simple to make. Almond flour makes this recipe gluten-free
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8
Calories 199 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups fresh cherries pitted & stemmed
  • 2 tbsp brandy optional
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp butter melted & cooled plus more to grease the pan
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl combine cherries and brandy & set aside
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Grease a 10" baking dish
  • 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.
  • Arrange cherries on the bottom of the greased baking dish
  • Pour the batter over the cherries
  • Bake 60 minutes or until golden and no longer jiggly in the centre. Cracks in the top are normal.
  • Cool about 10 minutes before slicing, or cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Notes

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 tsp of almond extract to the batter. 
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.
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.
       

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 170mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 239IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond flour, cherries, fruit desserts
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19 thoughts on “Cherry Almond Clafoutis (Gluten Free)

  1. I love that you’re hanging on to cherry season as long as possible! It’s the best fruit in the world, as far as I’m concerned. And this looks amazing! I’ve never made a clafoutis, but I’ll be making it the next time the cherry train comes around (my fave time of year)!

  2. i cant wait for 1 hrs for this amazing recipe is there any other source so that i can get it in 10 mins “LOL”. thanks for sharing this blog

  3. Thanks for the gluten-free option! I love cherry desserts and can’t wait to make this one. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yum! I am going to have to hide a slice from the family so that I can pull it out for breakfast in the morning 🤣.

  4. This is such a simple dessert to prepare but tastes so amazing. I’m going to try using other fruits for next time.

  5. This clafoutis was so good! My first time making it and was a success. Perfectly soft and loved the bites of cherry in this.

  6. I’ve been in such a cooking rut lately, so I’ve been exploring new recipes to make! I happened upon your recipe and I am so glad I did. I made it today and my entire family loved it! Its doing into our menu plan rotation for sweet treats!!

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