Happy National Cherry Dessert Day!
Clafoutis is a rustic cherry flan, tart, or thick fruit pancake. It is a specialty of the Limousin region in central and southwest France and features the region’s black cherries. Traditionally, the featured fruit is un-pitted black cherries; when heated, the cherry pits infuse the batter with a subtle almond flavor. A clafoutis is made by putting the cherries directly on the bottom of a buttered and sugared tart pan and pouring a thick crepe or pancake batter over them. When the batter is baked, the batter browns and the tops of the cherries are just visible as dark red dots on the surface.
In the Occitan language, the old language of southern France, the word clafotís means “to fill”.