Belgium Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis

The CafeTerraBlog kitchen went mobile this week, we made a fun dinner for our friends in their kitchen!  Everyone at the table had extremely happy…..AND VERY full… tummies!  Hubby A.K.A the GrillMaster, made cedar plank salmon with a lovely sweet and savory rub.  To compliment the salmon he also grilled some vegetables, and I made a homemade focaccia bread.  I will share how I made my focaccia bread later this week.  BUT for now, dessert first!  I say we are adults, we can have dessert first…..don’t you agree?

Belgium Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis

My one friend was born and raised in France, so the pressure was on making a French dessert for him.  The other problem with that scenario, I can’t leave recipes well enough alone…..I had to alter a classic recipe…..just because!

Now there may be a few of you wondering what clafoutis is right? (Pronounced cla-foo’-tee)  It is a French dessert commonly made with cherries, but you will see it made with apples, peaches, blueberries, or your favorite fruit.  You put the fruit on the bottom, and then pour a thick flan-like batter on top.  You can dust the top of the cooked clafoutis with powdered sugar, and serve the treat lukewarm.  We decided to serve the dessert with homemade whipped cream…..which by the way is a perfect compliment!

Belguim Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis

When I was trying to decide what to make for my dear friends, the one request was include chocolate!  My friend also lived in Belgium during high school, so he is VERY particular about what chocolate you cook with.  He had a gorgeous block of Belgium chocolate he buys, and devours!  Clafoutis should not technically be made with chocolate….but hey I was never good at listening to rules before, why start now?  It was funny, he talked to his mother in Belgium, and told her how I was changing up the clafoutis recipe.  She said, “why do Americans have to mess with a classic recipe?” 🙂

To continue shaking things up, this Greek yogurt addict had to add just a wee bit for fun!  It makes the thick flan like batter fluffy, and not as custardy as the classic recipe.  I made sure he had the first bite…..SUCCESS!!!!  There was one serving left in the pan, that is how good the dessert was!

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Belgium Chocolate Cherry Clafoutis

A cake like outside, and custard base inside, filled with chocolate and cherry love!

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

1 lb cherries pitted, frozen or fresh
1/3 cup shaved Belgium chocolate
2 eggs
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp pure almond extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup almond milk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a 9 inch deep dish pan, you can use a casserole dish, pie pan, or square cake pan.

Spread the cherries on bottom of the pan, have one layer of cherries completely covering bottom. Sprinkle chocolate on top of cherries.

In medium bowl, whisk eggs until starting to look foamy, add Greek yogurt and sugar and whisk for about a minute or so, whisk in vanilla and salt. Add in flour all at once and whisk vigorously, until batter is smooth. Continue whisking and add in heavy whipping cream and almond milk until mixed well. Rap the bowl on counter to knock out any bubbles in batter, then pour over the cherries and chocolate in pan.

Bake for about 35-45 depending on oven. I baked my clafoutis for about 50 minutes.

This recipe was adapted from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook Around My French Table.

Enjoy!

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I have had this on my kitchen bucket list to make for almost two years.  It was so fun to finally make the lovely treat!  Our friend said, with the Greek yogurt it definitely makes the dessert fluffy.  When you bake with Greek yogurt, it does normally make the treat fluffy and delicious!

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Have you made a clafoutis?  What is your favorite fruit you like to add in your clafoutis?

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  • ShesCookin
    I know what a clafoutis is because I did my research when I had to make an easy dessert with what I had on hand one Thanksgiving when the vegan pumpkin pie recipe I was trying didn't set up! The pear clafoutis saved the day! Looks amazing, Terra, and I love how you "messed" with the recipe (I'm the same way) :)
  • I love your chocolate cherry clafoutis, so perfect for Valentine's day!
  • I have pinned a couple of clafoutis recipes to make, but haven't tried them yet. A gluten-free version of your recipe is going to the top of my list-it sounds amazing! Loved the "lost" photos from 2012 :-)
  • Suzanne
    Looks pretty delish Terra! Your meal sounded really tasty too. By the way your kitties are so cute. Have a great week :)
  • Oh Terra, I love warm baked desserts like this and cannot wait to try this one!!Love the Greek Yoghurt and chocolate in there too.I bet it made it even more delicious :D
  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    I really like your additions and substitutions here Terra. Cherries and chocolate are phenomenal together! Can´t wait to try this recipe.
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    This clafoutis looks divine. I, too, can't leave well enough alone. It's what we food bloggers do.
  • Chocolate and cherry are perfect together, Terra. The clafoutis looks divine!
  • Eileeen @The Joy of Caking
    Yes, as adults, I see nothing wrong with dessert first - lol! I've never made clafoutis. I'm sure I'd like it though. I'm a huge custard dessert fan. I think I would like to try blueberries in one if I was making it.
  • mjskit @ mjskitchen.com
    I have never had one of these, but I'm sold!!!! I have everything listed in the recipe except the cherries, but since you say that one could use apples - well, I have plenty of those! I am dying to make this! It looks absolutely scrumptious!!!! What a fun meal BTW. I always find it very hard cooking in a kitchen that isn't mine. I've been in some kitchens that were quite challenging so for you to be able to make such a fabulous dessert is quite impressive. And Yes - there is not a thing wrong with having one's dessert first! :)
  • kitchenriffs
    I love a good clafoutis, and this looks scrumptious. Love the idea of adding chocolate. Sure it's not authentic, but so what? If it tastes good, that's all that matters, and it sounds as if this was amazing.
  • Sanjeeta kk
    I am a dessert first person..and if the dessert has chocolate and Greek yogurt in it..I think I might skip my meals.
  • What a stunning dessert my friend :D Cheers CCU http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • Meghan
    I love how your kitchen went mobile! Your friends must have really loved it too! This dessert look fantastic! I haven't made clafoutis in sooo long. Yours is reminding me how much I love it :)