Pie-a-Day #3 – Clafoutis aux Cerises in Almond Crust

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Since sweet cherries are everywhere right now, what could be better than a clafoutis or French cherry custard tart.  Many clafoutis are made cakey, nearly like a German or Dutch style baked pancake, but I was searching for something more on the custard side so that I could put it into a crust, (a nut crust was suggested by a fellow cook on Twitter).  So I turned to the talented Dorie Greenspan and her book Paris Sweets.  Her recipe is adapted from the fabulous Pâtisserie Mulot in Paris and is made with creme fraiche.  Yum.  Luckily I finally found a functional cherry pitter, she’s called Edith Kleiman.  I also made Dorie’s Sweet Tart Dough with the addition of almonds from her Baking from My Home to Yours, a must have for devoted home bakers.  I just burned my tongue on a hot cherry.  Wow, it really is a great crust!  Discovery!