Throwback Thursday: Mrs. Child's Clafoutis
by Keleigh May on February 12th, 2015

Cherry Clafouti
  • 3 cups pitted black cherries
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350. Use fresh, black, sweet cherries in season. Otherwise use drained, canned, pitted Bing cherries, or frozen sweet cherries, thawed and drained. 

Place the ingredients in your blender jar in the order in which they are listed. Cover and blend at top speed for 1 minute. 
Pour a 1/4 inch layer of batter in the bottom of a pie plate. Bake at 350 for a minute or two until a film of batter has set in the bottom of the dish. Remove from heat. Spread the cherries over the batter and sprinkle on the sugar. Pour on the rest of the batter and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Place in the middle of a preheated oven and bake about an hour. The clafouti is done when it has puffed and browned, and a needle or knife plunged into its center comes out clean. Sprinkle top of clafouti with powdered sugar just before bringing it to the table. 

A French Treat from the Master of French Cooking

Julia Child is the quintessential cooking master. She took an exotic, difficult cuisine and made it easily assesable to Americans. The production of this cookbook proved to be groundbreaking and has become the standard for the culinary population.  Over 50 years later Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is remarkably detailed and easy to desifer. When reading through the recipes one can imagine Mrs. Child coaching you through each and every step. There are two volumes to the series and they are considered to be the most influential works in American cookbook history.  "Mastering the Art of French Cooking… doesn't mean it has to be fancy cooking, although it can be as elaborate as you wish." — Julia Child.  The clafouti is surprisingly easy to make, and remarkable to eat! Can't get more fancy than a genuine french dessert on Valentine's Day.   Want to make your Valentine an elaborate, french inspired dish, but think you may make too many mistakes?  Let Julia Child be your guide along the way because, where there's a french meal, there's a way!
Think you are a rotten cook? Just remember that even Julia Child made culinary mistakes! Remember the only way you'll learn how to do things, is just to do them!

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