Yesterday was gloomy- we said good by to our friends from California with heavy hearts and waited for the next batch of visitors to arrive from Wisconsin. With the rain pouring down and a bit of time on my hands I decided to bake a cake while we waited. Not just any cake- a Cherry Clafoutis with the end of our Okanagan cherries- picked by my Littles on a hot, hot day not too long ago.
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cup of pitted cherries
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups of buttermilk or yogurt
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon of salt
confectioners sugar for dusting
-preheat oven to 375 degrees- butter and sugar a pie dish
-lay out cherries in a layer on the bottom of the dish- set aside
-whisk together eggs, buttermilk(or yogurt), sugar, vanilla, ginger, lemon zest- once combined sieve in flour and whisk in smoothly
-bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown around the edges- test the centre of the clafoutis by inserting a tooth pick- if it comes out clean the clafoutis is ready
-allow to cool and dust with confectioners sugar before serving.
In case you are interested just what a clafoutis actually is the Wicki definition explains that it is a baked French dessert, traditionally with dark cherries, arranged in a buttered dish and covered with a thick flan like batter. Basically it is like a French version of the upside down cake- made with pretty summer fruit an with a more modest amount of sugar. All I know is that this is a delicious and easy dish that I will come back to again and again!
Friends it is Friday again- this summer is just flying by! As mentioned we are entertaining visitors from out of town- my chum from University days who I have not seen in quite some time! It goes with out saying that a fair amount of wine and knitting will take place as will multiple trips down memory lane. Happy Friday Friends- hope your weekend is wonderful!