Cherries have been available in the market but the price can sometimes be steep, especially those hard-to-find Rainier variety, so when they put these bing cherries up on sale, I just had to grab some. Cherry clafouti has been on my list of fruit desserts I wanted to try for quite awhile. It wasn't easy to tell from among the many recipe variations I found which one was the best. I just went ahead with one of the easiest recipes for my first try. I was a little disappointed that the cake came out flat & very dense, not as fluffy & light like I was expecting it. The best part, which made a difference, was it was loaded with very juicy & sweet whole pitted cherries. Sprinkle the warm cherry clafouti slice with powdered sugar right before serving.
I couldn't wait to use the OXO brand cherry pitter gadget (shown above) we recently acquired which was very handy and worked really great. It has a protective clear plastic shield which eliminates messy cherry juice splatters.