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Cherry Clafouti

Here is another dish I learned about on our trip to France. Clafouti is a classic French country dessert made by pouring a sweet batter over fresh fruit and baking it. It's typically made with cherries, but you could use almost any fruit you'd like. It's simple and delicious, from our kitchen to yours, enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: 4 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 tablespoon kirsch liquor (optional) Zest of one lemon 2 tablespoons melted butter 3/4 cups all purpose flour 2 cups black cherries, pitted and halved Powdered sugar for dusting

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Butter and flour lightly a 9-inch round pie dish or cast iron pan. In a blender, combine eggs, sugar, salt, milk, lemon zest, kirsch (if using) and vanilla extract. Blend just until combined. Add the flour and blend again, just until combined and smooth. Finally, add the melted butter and pulse a few times to incorporate into the batter. (You can always mix the ingredients by hand, if you don't have a blender.) Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish or cast iron pan. Top with the cherry halves. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to one hour or until the custard is just set. A knife poked in the center should come out relatively clean. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving. You can serve it warm, at room temperature or cold.

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