As soon as I publicly admitted that I’m not very good at making pie crusts and don’t have a recipe I really like, I knew I had to change that. (Truth be told, and bacon apple pie aside, I’ve avoided pies for years because of my crust-phobia.) Then I heard these cherries calling to me from across the farmer’s market. There were just two boxes of bright red Michigan sour cherries sitting among the bings, and I heard them calling just in time to watch one leave with someone else. My fate was sealed. I quickly swooped in to grab the last box. Afterall, what better way to end a pie drought than with cherry pie? Now I just needed a crust.
Let’s just get this out in the open right off the bat. Yes, this clafouti looks like a rather nasty bruise. Between the dark cherries sticking up above the surface and the cherry juice pooled around them…well, I’ve definitely seen better looking desserts. But let me assure you, it TASTES nothing like a bruise. I considered not posting this at all because of the look, but it is very tasty. So…after that rousing endorsement, how can you do anything but rush out to make this? Indeed.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a near-obsession with upside down cakes. I’ve got a few stand-bys that I make several times a summer – which means they’re REALLY good since there are few thing I actually make twice. But I’m always on the lookout for something new. Well, this is something new and probably a soon-to-be-standby as well.