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Rainier Cherry Clafoutis with Amaretto

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Julia Child’s cherry clafoutis gets a bit of an upgrade in this rainier cherry clafoutis with amaretto. The rainier cherries take center stage inside a perfectly set filling with an added touch of amaretto.

Top with almonds and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an amazing combination that could double as dessert or breakfast. If you have never made a clafoutis, you will be surprised at how easy it is to throw together.

A cherry clafoutis baked in a cast iron skillet.

A traditional cherry clafoutis will have bright black cherries but we have a surplus of rainier cherries and this is a fabulous way to eat some of them. This recipe was inspired by Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I made a few tweaks but the base recipe is as solid as any of Julia’s recipes. 

What is a cherry clafoutis?

A cherry clafoutis is a French dessert made with a thick, crepe-like batter and a bunch of juicy, ripe cherries. The texture is something like a cross between custard and a very thick crepe. 

The batter puffs up as it bakes. It almost doubles in size and then falls back down as it cools. Very similar to a German pancake except it doesn’t get quite as puffy. The cherries roast and release their juices into the batter for the ultimate cherry dessert.

A slice of cherry clafoutis with rainier cherries.

The only thing difficult about this recipe is the pronunciation. It is pronounced “klah-foo-tea”. If you ask Google to pronounce it for you then make sure you ask for the French pronunciation. 

Loaded with Rainier Cherries

I mentioned that this is an easy recipe but it does take some time to pit the fresh cherries. It really isn’t too much trouble if you have a decent cherry pitter and a good podcast or television show. I pitted more than enough cherries while listening to Theory of Content.

If you don’t have a cherry pitter then you can poke a straw or chopstick through the center of each cherry.  It is a bit messier to do it that way but it gets the job done.

Rainier cherries with a cherry pitter in the background.

Here is what you need.

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this dessert.

  • Milk. Whole milk for the best flavor.
  • Sugar. Regular granulated sugar.
  • Eggs.
  • Amaretto. You can use other liquors or leave it out but the amaretto really does compliment the cherry flavors.
  • Vanilla extract. Enhances the flavors even more.
  • Salt. Brings out the sweetness and flavors.
  • Flour. All-purpose flour is all you need.
  • Rainier cherries. You need 3 cups, pitted.
  • Slivered almonds. Add them to the top so they get toasted as the clafoutis bakes.
  • Powdered sugar. Use the powdered sugar to sprinkle on the top just before you serve dessert.
A slice of cherry clafoutis on a plate.

Here is the easy part.

Here is how you make the recipe. Make sure to scroll all the way down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Add the ingredients for the batter into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the batter into a baking dish. Add the cherries and almonds.
  3. Bake until puffy and golden brown.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

French baking doesn’t get any easier than this.

Some Other Recipes You Will Love:

Our French apple cake is just as easy to make as this cherry clafoutis. This apple cake is loaded with apples and easily a favorite around our house.

This peaches and cream tart is a great way to serve your fresh peaches. A shortbread crust, cream cheese filling, and fresh ripe peaches combine for a delightful summertime dessert.

This caramel apple cake is baked in a bundt pan then topped with a sticky caramel sauce. It’s a good thing apples are available all year long.

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A cherry clafoutis baked in a cast iron skillet.

Rainier Cherry Clafoutis

Amaretto and almonds compliment the flavors in this cherry clafoutis. Plump juicy Rainier cherries get surrounded by a custardy, crepe-like dessert. This is truly best served warm and you can't go wrong with a bit of ice cream.
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liquor optional
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups fresh Rainier cherries pitted
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch cast-iron skillet (or similar size baking dish).
  • Place the first 7 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (Blend everything except for the cherries, almonds, and powdered sugar.)
  • Pour the batter into the skillet. Add the pitted cherries to the batter and sprinkle the almonds on top.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. It will puff up and get golden brown. 
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar when it is time to serve. 


You can eat a cherry clafoutis warm or cold but it is especially good while it is still warm. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I made this a few days ago. Very disappointed. No one in my household liked it (and we all love cherries!) I threw most of it away.

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I'm sorry to hear that. We sure do enjoy it in our house.

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