The refrigerator is full of free range eggs from our local farmer, and the backyard cherry tree has generously gifted us with its first fruits... what to do?
After a little researching, I came across this recipe for Clafoutis. I was a bit hesitant at first as I am not a big fan of eggy dishes, but it looked simple enough requiring only the most basic of ingredients. And it's from Julia Child for heaven's sake, how could I go wrong? I rolled up my sleeves and prepared to give it a try.
Upon further digging, I learned that traditionally the dish is prepared containing the pits of the cherries to ensure full flavour. Wonderful! How much easier could this possibly get?? To everyone's horror I proudly announced I would be preparing the dish in the traditional way, which would serve me duly in that I would not be required to perform the tedious task of pitting the cherries.
Well... after being the target of considerable begging, pleading, and overall harassment, I admit I broke down and pitted the cherries (yes I know--this is an extreme let down, and I am fickle and weak).
I don't know how significantly the flavour would have been affected with the cherry pits intact (I am still determined to try this when no one is looking), but I can honestly say this dish turned out absolutely amazing. Pits or no pits. Ten out of ten, hands down. Not only in the simplicity of preparation, but in flavour, texture, and presentation as well. Served barely warm, the tartness of the cherries actually complimented the slightly eggy texture of the pancake surrounding them (who knew?). The dish was gone in less than 20 minutes flat with many compliments and polite enquiries as to when I would be making another. I've already added it to my little recipe box and will be reaching for it every year as my cherry tree gifts us with its first fruits.
I am so delighted with this recipe I simply had to share it with you all, highly recommended! xoxox