3 appearances in less than 2 weeks -- that's how many times this bad boy was made. A little obsessed?? Perhaps. Good for our waistlines? Probably not. But are we still contemplating making another cherry clafoutis this weekend? Absolutely. Trust me, you'd be in the exact same boat if you got your hands on these as well. So don't judge.
While the recipe's official name is "brown butter tart", I think clafoutis is a bit more fitting. Besides sounding much more refined (which of course, is the most important part!), it's exactly what a rustic French baked dessert of black cherries should be: simple, elegant, and utterly divine. And to tell you the truth, when else can I say I made a dessert that semi-rhymes with my father's carefully picked first name, Otis? ;)
Anyway, this stunning tart is both easy-to-make and as mentioned before, dangerously addictive. The pastry crust is delightfully crisp, buttery, and sweet. And the smooth, rich filling which resembles baked custard or flan -- only better due to its brown butter depth -- provides the perfect contrast. Of course, you'll covet the bites that have soft, juicy cherries in them: not only do the meaty chunks of fruit add texture, but the juices that ooze out of them add a subtle sweetness and summery flavor as well.
Good thing cherry season is quickly coming to an end, otherwise this could pose a serious problem for us. Which actually reminds me, better make the most of it now... :P
Cherry Clafoutis (Brown Butter Cherry Tart)
Adapted from Bon Appetit, June 2009
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced
30 fresh cherries, pitted (around 1 lb)
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Using rubber spatula or fork, mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl. Add flour and salt and stir until incorporated. Transfer dough to 15x4 rectangular tart pan with removable bottom. Using fingertips, press dough evenly onto sides and bottom of pan.
Bake crust until golden, about 15 minutes (crust will puff slightly while baking). Transfer crust to rack and cool in pan. Maintain oven temperature.
Whisk sugar, eggs, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add flour and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Cook butter in heavy small saucepan (using a light-colored bottom so that you can gauge the color of the butter) over medium heat until deep nutty brown (do not burn), stirring often, about 6 minutes. Immediately pour browned butter into glass measuring cup. Gradually whisk browned butter into sugar-egg mixture; whisk until well blended.
Arrange cherries, stem up, in bottom of cooled crust. Carefully pour browned butter mixture evenly over berries. Place tart on rimmed baking sheet. Bake tart until filling is puffed and golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool tart completely in pan on rack. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and store at room temperature.
Remove tart pan sides. Place tart on platter. Cut into wedges and serve.