Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Get your Smash On

Smashing things is so therapeutic, don't you think? Of course, in this day and age there are few places that smashing is acceptable.

One place it is OK is the kitchen and so sometimes I retreat to my happy place and create things of yummy goodness that also help me smash out any of my frustrations. It's a win-win for me and the whole family.

My recent victims were new-season cherries. Gentleman loves a good cherry, so around Christmas time each year I buy some for him to enjoy. I like them to, but I am not a fan of the pip. And I am hesitant to give them to my three-year old Firstborn for that reason.

So when I found this dead simple recipe for Cherry Clafoutis I decided to forgo the jarred Morello cherries in favour of fresh and get my Smash On! You just whack the bejezzus out of those things with a knife blade (just like garlic) and out pops the pip. Unlike me, you could remember to put on an apron prior to smashing.

Those red juices are sooo satisfying!

Sharing is caring, so here is my recipe. Added bonus - it's gluten free!

Cherry Clafoutis

4 eggs
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup of pure cream (I just used good ole Coles thickened)
2 tsp vanilla extract (I used 1 generous tsp of vanilla bean paste)
1 1/3 cups almond meal
2/3 cup caster sugar
670g jar of drained Morrello cherries (or use smashed, depitted and FRESH cherries)

Grease your flan dish (or a pie dish if you are not fancy). Arrange your cherries over the base. Whisk together the eggs, cream, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl until combined. Process the sugar, almond meal, salt and cream mixture until smooth. Pour over cherries and bake at 180 (degrees Celsius) for about 30 minutes or until the mix has set and is golden on top.

Yummy served warm with vanilla icecream or cold with double cream.

I served it to my parents after they had Firstborn over for a sleep-over.

Sweet all round!


  1. I need a bit more smashing in my life! x

  2. Maxabella, I think I must have some Greek heritage with a secret desire to smash plates. But I choose cherries over dishes so as not to come across as a Crazy Woman ;)


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