Clafoutis aux Cerises

French Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis is a classic French recipe made with fruit, traditionally black cherries, covered with a crêpe-like batter. It is really easy to make.
This is my favorite recipe of Cherry Clafoutis, because it is light, yet flavorful. It holds a special place in my heart because I used to make it during my childhood in Metz (France).
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword Cherry, clafoutis, French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Francoise


  • 4 eggs
  • 9 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 250 ml milk
  • 60 g butter (I recommend Plugra)
  • 1 pound black cherries (2)
  • 1 packet (1/2 tbsp) of vanilla cane sugar (1)


  • Wash, remove stems, and pit the cherries (2) optional.
  • Heat the oven at 350 F.
  • Melt half of the butter (30 g) and let it cool.
  • In a bowl, beat the eggs, add salt and sugar. Mix well.
  • Sift the flour and add in the eggs. Mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the melted butter and the milk.
  • Butter a baking dish well. Add all the cherries and pour the batter over them.
  • On the top, evenly sprinkle tiny pieces of the other half of butter (30 g or less if you want).
  • Put in the oven for 45 min. until the custard is set and lightly brown.
  • As soon as the Cherry Clafoutis is out of the oven, evenly sprinkle the vanilla sugar on top.
  • Serve at room temperature or cold.


(1) In my recipe, you will see that I use vanilla cane sugar which is often used in France and Europe to flavor desserts instead of vanilla extract. It is a little hard to find this in USA, but you can make your own. I recommend this vanilla cane sugar recipe from Alton Brown. Do not skip the vanilla sugar at the end of the recipe because this adds a little something to the Cherry Clafoutis.
(2) Some people find that keeping the cherry's pit is not enjoyable, but personally, I prefer to not remove cherry's pit because it gives more flavor to the Cherry Clafoutis. Just do not forget to warn your guests!