If you mix plenty of pitted black cherries into what may be best described as a slightly thick crêpe batter, you will have the makings of clafoutis Limousin, a type of cake from rural southern central France that takes its name from clafir, a dialect word meaning "to fill." And fill it does—not least because it's so good that one's tendency is to ask for seconds and thirds. —Corinne Trang, from Not Cherry Pie" (May/June 1998)
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd ColemanSERVES 8
INGREDIENTS1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups milk
6 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. kirsch
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Kosher salt, to taste
¾ cup flour
3 cups black cherries, pitted or unpitted
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
INSTRUCTIONS1. Heat oven to 425°. Grease a 9″ cast-iron skillet or baking dish with butter; set aside. Combine milk, sugar, kirsch, vanilla, eggs, and salt in a blender. Blend for a few seconds to mix ingredients, then add flour and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
2. Pour batter into buttered skillet, then distribute cherries evenly over top. Bake until a skewer inserted into batter comes out clean and a golden brown crust has formed on top and bottom of clafoutis, about 30 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
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