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Cherry clafoutis recipe with amaretto

Sweet dark cherries suspended in a silky custard and dusted with powdered sugar. That sums up this delicious cherry clafoutis recipe in a single sentence. It is our end of summer dessert these days and it’s so incredibly easy to make, it’ll become one of your favorite fresh cherry recipes as well.

Cherry clafoutis recipe with red and white kitchen towel and white plates in the background.

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To make this cherry clafouti recipe, we need a handful of pantry ingredients and about a pound of fresh cherries.

Ingredients for cherry clafoutis recipe.

If you don’t have amaretto, or you prefer to keep your dessert alcohol free, substitute with 2 teaspoons of almond extract.

Cherry clafoutis recipe

The first step is pitting the sweet, dark cherries. A cherry pitter is without a doubt your most valuable tool when it comes to working with fresh cherries.

Liberally butter a shallow baking dish and add the cherries, spreading them out evenly to cover the bottom of the dish.

Fresh sweet cherries in buttered shallow baking dish.

Add the remaining ingredients (except the powdered sugar) to a blender and make the custard. Pour this mixture over the cherries and bake. It’s that easy.

Baking – it’s cheaper than therapy

Baking is my therapy and let’s face it…  it’s cheaper than $150 dollars an hour and much tastier.

I find solace in the kitchen, the familiar smells and sounds, the warmth of the oven. Being able to “shut off” my brain and do things on autopilot also brings a certain sense of comfort.

Dusting cherry clafoutis with powdered sugar.

Once again, I find myself puttering about in the kitchen late at night when the rest of world is fast asleep. My reward is this cherry clafoutis recipe.

Cherry clafouti in white baking dish with fresh cherries in background.

This recipe for clafoutis with sweet cherries was originally published on my blog back in 2012. The original recipe was a bit heavy and eggy. After reading the post from David Lebovitz, it seems we both used a similar recipe as our original inspiration.

This revised version is basically his revised version as well, with a little tinkering from me. I think it’s absolutely dreamy, I hope you agree.

What other recipes can I make with fresh cherries?

This cherry clafoutis recipe is one of our favorites, but these recipes also make the cut.

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Sweet cherry clafoutis in white baking dish.

Cherry clafoutis recipe with amaretto

Cheryl Bennett
Sweet dark cherries nestled in a silky custard – this cherry clafoutis recipe is easy and delicious.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Desserts
Cuisine French
Servings 6 servings
Calories 286 kcal


  • 4 cups sweet cherries stems and pits removed, about 1 1/4 lbs.
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour 70 grams
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. amaretto
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar – for dusting on top after baking


  • Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C / Gas mark 5.
  • Butter a 2 quart, shallow baking dish with 2 tbsp. unsalted butter.
  • Add pitted cherries to baking dish and spread evenly across the bottom.
  • To a blender, add eggs, flour, vanilla, amaretto, sugar, milk and sea salt. Blend until batter is thoroughly combined.
  • Pour custard batter over cherries and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into clafoutis comes out clean.
  • Let cool, then dust with 2 tbsp. powdered sugar.



Serving: 1/6 of panCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 157mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35g
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Originally published 4/25/12, most recent update 8/18/21.

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