Cherry Strawberry Clafoutis, is a relaxed, easy-to-make French baked custard dessert recipe. One could think of it as a crustless custard pie with fresh whole, pitted cherries and strawberries. It’s a delicious dessert to cap off a summer meal. May be made gluten-free or with gluten.
As the warm weather hits the summer fruits we love begin to roll in. One of my very favorite desserts to make is a clafoutis (pounced ‘claw-foo-tea’), a French baked custard and fruit dessert. Clafoutis is traditionally baked with black cherries however I’m sharing a version today that also includes another summer favorite: Cherry Strawberry Clafoutis.
Cherry Strawberry Clafoutis is baked in a pie dish and could be thought of as a creamy crustless custard pie of sorts. Whole pitted cherries are added to a simple batter and poured into a buttered deep pie dish to cook until the custard is firm. It’s a lazy girl’s dessert prep dream and the result is a lightly flavored fruit dessert perfect for lazy summer meals. I added a dish of Chinese Five Spice which is readily available in the spice section of your favorite grocery store.
As much as I love eating cherries in the summer I sort of dread adding them to desserts due to the pitting. When I was growing up we had a pie cherry tree in our yard and I was awarded the dubious honor of picking the cherries and pitting them. We had a huge meat grinder looking pitter that clamped to the side of the counter. You’d feed the unsuspecting cherries into a large, thick metal opening and they’d emerge on the other end mangled and pitless.
As soon as I really began cooking seasonally I sought out a cherry pitter that was more civilized. After several test runs I found two I really like. I have a handheld cherry pitter and pops the pit out of single cherries at a time. I also have a larger pitter that pits one cherry at a time, using a handle (no cherry juice hands) depositing the pits into a sealed compartment and the cherries roll out the other end into an awaiting bowl (or little hands if I’m not watching closely). There are many types of cherry pitters and I highly recommend using one to make pitting easy.