Sarah Bates from The Chef Next Door blog reviews The Cast-Iron Baking Book by Dominique DeVito, which encourages us to use our cast-iron pans to bake All The Things from appetizers to dessert. Sarah starts with a divine cherry clafoutis – cherries in sweet baked custard.
I don’t know about you, but I love my cast iron cookware. I have several skillets, some that were handed down to me and others that I bought myself, and I just love their versatility. You can make anything from breakfast to dinner, and everything in between, as well as desserts. I bake with my skillets all the time, so when I had the opportunity to review the new cookbook, The Cast Iron Baking Book: More Than 175 Delicious Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Collection, I jumped at it!
In addition to a multitude of recipes, more than 175 to be exact, the book covers the history of cast iron cookware as well as how to care for it. And the recipes, OH, the recipes! From Breakfast Treats and Pastries to Breads, Quiches, and Pies, there is something for everyone in this cookbook. I carefully combed through the book many times, reading notes from the author as I went along, trying to decide what to make first. Let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy task!
In the Breakfast Treats and Pastries chapter I immediately fell in love with the Sticky Buns, then the Cinnamon Coffee Cake. From the Breads chapter, it was the homemade Naan. In Cakes and Pies I was tempted with the Cosmic Carrot Cake. Then I stumbled upon this Cherry Clafoutis in the Cookies & Other Sweets chapter. I was drawn to it immediately and simply could not wait to make it. You see, I picked up a bag of beautiful Michigan tart cherries from a local orchard this fall. They were picked, pitted and already frozen, just waiting for me to take them home and be baked into something beautiful this winter. This recipe was the perfect one.
This dessert really is quite simple to make. Although the author calls for using fresh cherries with the pits in, I opted to use the cherries I had at home. If you decide to make it using cherries with the pits in, just be sure to let your guests know before they dig in. I happened to have my parents over when I made this stunning Cherry Clafoutis and needless to say it was gone in no time. Between the three of us and my kids we quickly devoured it.
I will definitely be making this recipe again, and have so many others also marked to try. I’ve made the Peppermint Dark Chocolate Brownies already and those were equally as amazing as the Cherry Clafoutis. I have no doubt that every recipe in this book is going to be delicious!
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cups ripe cherries (pits in)
- ½ cup + 2 teaspoons sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a large bowl, mix together 6 tablespoons of the butter, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, eggs, and milk until all ingredients are blended and smooth. Set aside.
- Put 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and put it in the oven to heat up.
- Transfer the skillet to the stovetop and add the additional butter. When it is melted, put the sugar in the skillet and shake it so it distributes evenly.
- Add the cherries.
- Pour the batter over the cherries, sprinkle with the last 2 teaspoons of sugar, and put the skillet back in the oven.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or the until the topping is golden brown and set in the center.
- Serve warm.
Editor’s note: This recipe is printed courtesy of the publisher. The author of this review received a copy of the cookbook, The Cast Iron Baking Book: More Than 175 Delicious Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Collection. No other compensation was received from the publisher. Links to the cookbook are affiliate links.
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