Cherry Clafouti

(Cherry Pudding Cake)
 
1 tablespoon butter
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon brandy
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
500g stoned/pitted cherries*
Powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar), for dusting
 
*Use fresh black, sweet cherries in season. Otherwise, use drained, canned, pitted Bing cherries or frozen cherries (thawed and drained).
 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter an ovenproof dish, deep dish pie plate.
 
Place eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, brandy, flour, and milk in a blender: puree till smooth.
 
In a mixing bowl, toss the cherries with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Place the cherries in the ovenproof dish.
Place three-quarters of the cherries and their juices in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the batter over the fruit; arrange the remaining cherries on top.
 
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the top is brown and a knife inserted into the middle of the dish comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving (cake will sink slightly).
 
Sprinkle with powdered sugar over the top with a sieve.
 
Serve the Cherry Clafouti warm
 
Yield: about 6 to 8 servings

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