Chocolate Chips and Cherry Clafoutis

French Chocolate Chips and Cherry Clafoutis, my take on the classic summer dessert. Superbly scrumptious and light, with an almond custard-like taste and texture, this is one of those quick easy desserts that never fail to impress.

Overhead shoot of a iron cast with clafoutis

What is a clafoutis?

Clafoutis is a French dessert that has a sweet batter with the consistency of a flan.

Traditionally, clafoutis is made with black cherries, and usually pits are not removed.

They are said to contain the active chemical in almond extract, which is released during baking, thus giving the clafoutis a distinctive almond flavour.

Now, while this sounds rather yummy, l would recommend you remove the pits if you have small kids, l would not trust they can easily remove them.

Instead, you can add almond extract to the batter, and also some ground almond, for extra flavour. The taste can be enhanced also by using vanilla extract, they both work beautifully here.

If you google the term clafoutis, you might find the very slightly different spelling too, clafouti, but it really is the same delicious and finger-liking dessert.

Overehead shoot of an iron cast with cherries and chocolate chips for clafoutis

How do you make a French Cherry Clafoutis?

If you wonder what have chocolate chips to do with cherry clafoutis, well, they are not usually used here.

But this does not mean we cannot make the dessert our own and add them.

After all, chocolate chips can only make it super douper yummy. They will not hold their shape during baking, like they usually do in cookies, they melt nicely and bring extra sweetness.

To make this yummy dessert:

  • grease an oven-proof dish with butter, and sprinkle some granulated sugar over
  • pit the cherries, and arrange them on the bottom of the dish together with the chocolate chips
  • in a jug, whisk together the milk, egg, a pinch of salt, melted butter and vanilla and almond extract
  • separately, sift the hour, and add the ground almonds and sugar
  • pour in the wet ingredients and mix to get a smooth batter
  • pour it over the cherries and chocolate chips and baked for 20-25 minutes at 190 degrees C (375 F)

If you don’t happen to have cherries, they can successfully be replaced by other fruit like blueberries, plums, blackberries, cranberries, etc

It has occured to me that l have not made a dessert for a while now, all my latest posts are either main meals, snacks or salads. It had to be rectified, really.

Overhead shoot of an iron cast with french cherry clafoutis to be baked

A reduced-sugar clafoutis

When you make the batter, this is pretty runny, unlike most cakes, where the batter is way more consistent. It’s even thinner than the crêpes batter, but that’s not a problem really, it’s meant to be this way.

I have long researched a cherry clafoutis recipe, l wasn’t verry happy with any, either ridiculous amounts of sugar, or butter.

Ripen cherries are naturally sweet and juicy, so tons of sugar is really unnecessary. Especially since chocolate chips are added too.

I found some amazing cherries in town the other day, and bought a 2 kg box, which was pretty silly, since only myself and my little one like fruit, my husband is not that keen on them.

Now you know why a cherry dessert had to be baked. And what a dessert, yum 🙂

Overhead shoot of a pan with clafoutis

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French Cherry Clafoutis recipe with chocolate chips
French Chocolate Chips and Cherry Clafoutis
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

French Chocolate Chips and Cherry Clafoutis, my take on the classic summer dessert. Superbly scrumptious and light, with an almond custard-like taste and texture, this is one of those quick easy desserts that never fail to impress.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: french desserts
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 119 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted butter + 1 tsp to brush
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 150 ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pitted cherries (or enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
  • one handful of milk chocolate chips
  • powder sugar to sprinkle
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit).

  2. Brush the bottom of a skillet (mine is a smaller 6 1/2 ") with butter, then sprinkle a tablespoon of granulated sugar over.

  3. In a jug whisk together the milk and egg, salt and one tablespoon of melted butter, then add the almond and vanilla extract.

  4. In a large bowl, sift in the flour, add the sugar and ground almonds and mix well to combine.

  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and gradually whisk in the liquid until you get a lump-free batter.

  6. Arrange the cherries on the bottom of the skillet and sprinkle the chocolate chips over. Pour over the batter and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Serve either warm or cold from the fridge with some powder sugar sprinkled over.

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
French Chocolate Chips and Cherry Clafoutis
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.









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    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    June 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Such an original idea, to add chocolate to clafoutis. Looks very tasty! 🙂

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    June 30, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. I happen to have a bag of cherries begging to be made into this very soon!

  • Reply
    June 30, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    This clafoutis looks divine! I never knew about leaving the pits in! That would make the job much easier, but I would be worried about eating a pit. I agree, cherry season is much too short and we need to make good use of this perfect produce. I like the addition of chocolate, too! Can never go wrong with chocolate!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      June 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you! I avoid leaving the pits in for the same reason. I know that removing the pits can be a boring task, but l guess better safe than sorry.

  • Reply
    Valerie Gray (@valmg)
    July 1, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I’ve heard of Clafoutis but have never had it. It looks terrific. Do you have a sub for the almonds and almond extract?

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      July 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you! Vanilla extract can be used instead, just double the amount and it should be fine. The ground almonds can be omitted altogether, it should not alter the texture.

  • Reply
    Adriana Martin
    July 1, 2017 at 6:39 am

    I love baking clafoutis such an easy dessert and then adding the chocolate makes it even more wonderful. What a great idea =)

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    Noel Lizotte
    July 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    So pretty. I love the addition of the chocolate chips to this recipe. There’s something about the combination of chocolate and cherries that is simply divine! – Will be pulling out my cast iron and trying this recipe soon.

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    Gloria Duggan
    July 1, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Wow….this is a STUNNING dessert. Love using my cast iron pans too. This would be perfect for entertaining both in taste and presentation. Cherries are delicious.

  • Reply
    July 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This is such a beautiful dessert. Love the cherry and chocolate chip combination. Didn’t know that about leaving the pits in. Interesting!

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      Sandy Lagrange
      February 3, 2019 at 9:03 am

      The recipe says pitted which means to take out the seed aka pit.

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    HealthierSteps (@Healthiersteps)
    July 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    What a treat for summertime! It looks like it just melts in the mouth, I’m adding this recipe to my todo list.

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    Veena Azmanov
    July 1, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I love a good Clafoutis.. such a versatile recipe. Never tired it with Chocolate chips but an absolutely perfect combination with cherries! Yum!

  • Reply
    Eileen Kelly
    July 2, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I love Clafoutis! Such a delicious recipe! I have about 2 pounds of cherries in the fridge, I now know what I am making!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      July 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

      It’s a delicious dessert, l’m sure you’ll love it!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    July 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    What a beautiful dessert. I’v never tried a clafoutis — it reminds me of an upside down cake. The addition of chocolate with cherries is spot on. They make a perfect combination. Cherries are really in season right now — this is the time for me to make a clafoutis.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      July 2, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you! I think chocolate and cherries go so well in any dessert. Glad you like it!

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    Molly Kumar
    July 3, 2017 at 7:27 am

    This looks gorgeous and a perfect dessert to use cherries. I love summer because of all the berry-cherry abundance and would be trying your recipe soon.

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    July 5, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    This is such a delightful dish.. now I know what to make what all those cherry we got this weekend 🙂

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    July 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    This looks fantastic! Almonds and cherries – YUMMY! 🙂

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