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Pear and Dried Cherry Clafouti


This classic French dessert has a delightful texture that's somewhere between pudding and a pancake.

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  • Servings: 6

Photography: Kirsten Strecker

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2005


  • Unsalted butter, for baking dish
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 large Anjou pear, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 10-inch ceramic tart dish or 9 1/2-inch pie plate. Dust with flour, and tap out excess; set aside. Put cherries in a medium bowl, and cover with boiling water by 1 inch. Let stand until plump, about 10 minutes.

  2. Cut pear lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices; fan over bottom of prepared dish. Blend milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, sugar, flour, and salt in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour batter over pear.

  3. Drain cherries; sprinkle over batter. Bake until golden and set, about 25 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Cook's Notes

Serve leftovers for breakfast the next morning, hot or cold.

Reviews Add a comment

  • MommaChouChou
    2 MAR, 2013
    I've made this recipe many times and it always gets rave reviews from family and friends...I am leaving for the store in a few minutes to buy cream to make one for my daughter and grandaughter tonight!!! I never have any is a wonderful dessert... but make sure your pears are ripe@!
  • BeckyLG
    16 JAN, 2012
    Our leftovers won't be going to waste, but this recipe didn't produce anything that felt very special. I would have preferred it to be a touch sweeter (and I don't like overly sweet desserts). Also, the pear slices were still on the al dente side when the rest of the dish was done. In the spirit of full disclosure, I had never made nor eaten clafouti before, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. This wasn't bad, but I probably won't make it again.