Cherry pie, French style
As a painless alternative to traditional ear piercing, why not hang a pair of fresh cherries from your ear? No? Well luckily, this sweet fruit tastes as wonderful as it looks. After you buy your next batch of cherries - or pick them from a tree! - why not try making this classic French dessert: cherry clafoutis.
You will need:
- 21 oz cherries
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/4 cup flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/8 cup melted butter
- First comes the annoying part: pitting the cherries. If you have a cherry pitter, it's easier and quicker to do this by hand, but you can also use this trick: Remove the stems, and then place the cherry on the opening of a bottle (the opening must be smaller than the cherry so that the cherry does not fall through). Using a chopstick, press through the cherry and watch the pit fall into the bottle! Now the cherries can be eaten safely.
- Use the butter to grease a quiche pan, or any round baking dish. Don't forget the edges!
- Sprinkle a generous tablespoon of your sugar into the greased pan, und carefully shake so that the sugar is distributed evenly, even on the edges. Now add your pitted cherries.
- In a separate bowl, add the eggs, the remaining sugar, and the salt. Mix well.
- Add the flour, vanilla extract, almond extract, melted butter, and milk to the egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
- Pour the mixture evenly over the cherries and bake for 45 minutes at 350°F until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve!
Is it a cake? Is it a pie? No matter! It's wonderfully sweet and brings the taste of summer directly to your plate. Try the recipe using other fruits, depending on what's in season. Enjoy!