Cherry Clafoutis: Easier than it Sounds!

photo by Miranda Shulz

I am a much better cook than I am baker, so I love it when I can make an impressive sounding dessert without needing any serious pastry skills. A cherry clafoutis fits the bill perfectly. It sounds like it takes a lot of effort, and well, it doesn’t. I recently contributed for the Bountiful Baskets Rainier Cherry case and this recipe used my last remaining bit of those delightful little fruits. You could substitute any other cherry (a clafoutis is traditionally made with black cherries) or many other types of fruit. If you use another fruit, the correct name for this dish will be a flognarde, also impressive and kind of funny too.
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Cherries, Cherries, Cherries

What do glass soda bottles- small plastics screws- and mops have in common? Cherry season of course! Still confused? Let me explain. My husband hails from the cherry-laden lands of Washington state and he knows a good cherry recipe when he tastes one. So it was pretty much a requirement that cherry season become a tradition in my house. Each year we sit down with our 20 plus pounds of cherries to pit and ultimately transform them into the jams, pies, cookies, and candies that will satisfy all cherry cravings for the year. We started this in the early days of our marriage- you know the tight times of college, babies, tiny apartments. That first cherry pitting session, we had enough money for a few pounds of cherries but not much left over for the coveted cherry pitter. So- we got creative. We had a glass soda bottle in the fridge which hubby graciously emptied. This served as a holder for the pits as they were pushed out. We tried several pitting tools including a pencil with the eraser pulled out of the metal part, but we finally settled on a small plastic screw left over from a desk we had recently assembled. We then took a cherry, rested it on the small opening of the bottle and, using our little black screw, pushed the pits right into the jar. It worked great! By the end of the night our fingers were stained a beautiful burgundy as was our table and floor. (Hence the mop which, I am sure, you can figure out how to operate).

Rainier Cherries
Rainier Cherries

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Recipe Roundup – June 30

The Recipe Round Up is a delicious collection of recipes from blogs and websites that you can make using your Bountiful Basket goodies. This week I focused on finding you recipes that you don’t need to turn on your oven to make since it is already a hot summer! I hope you enjoy! ~Karmen
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