Cherry Plum Clafoutis Cups

Let’s toss these plums and cherrys in a shortcrust, cover them in custard, and make clafoutis.
By Natasha Steinberg

Cherry Plum Clafoutis Cups

Clafoutis is a French cake-like custardy dessert, traditionally made with cherries and without a crust in a full size tart pan or pie plate.

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Let's toss these plums and cherrys in a shortcrust, cover them in custard, and make clafoutis.
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Recipe Type: Baking
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
For crust*
  • 400 g (about 3½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 170 g (about ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp.) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 455 g (3¼ cups) bread flour
For filling
  • 9 oz. cherries, stems removed, pitted, and halved
  • 9 oz. plums, pitted and chopped into large chunks
  • 65 g (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
  • 15 g (about 2 Tbsp.) bread flour
  • 170 g (about ¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp.) granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  • 180 ml (3/4 cup) whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or ½ vanilla bean (pod and seeds)
  • extra whole cherries with stems for garnish
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment, mix together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla on low just until combined. Keeping mixer on low, add flour and mix just until the dough comes together and is smooth.
  2. Remove bowl from mixer stand and gather stray pieces of dough together in the bowl to make a cohesive dough, being careful not to overwork it. Pour dough onto paper lined baking sheet and press into a relatively flat, even rectangle. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to handle, about 20 minutes.
  3. Grease jumbo muffin pan and set aside. In a large bowl, gently toss fruit with 65 g sugar and set aside.
  4. Take about ⅔ of the dough and roll out ⅛ inch thick. With a large biscuit cutter, cut circles of dough and shimmy into muffin cups, pressing into the edges and lightly up the sides of the cups. With a fork, poke the bottom and side of each cup of dough and freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. While dough is in the freezer, position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Remove pan from the freezer, line each cup with foil, fill with pie weights or dried beans, and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake for 2 minutes more. The dough should be set and golden on the edges. Remove the pan from the oven to let cool while you make the filling.
  6. Pour the fruit into a strainer placed over a large bowl and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and sugar. Whisk in eggs and cream. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together milk and vanilla bean paste or vanilla bean and heat until bubbly on the sides (i.e., scald the milk). Gradually whisk the hot milk (first removing the bean if using) into the egg mixture until combined.
  7. Fill each cup to the crust's top with fruit, first a layer of plums topped with a layer of cherries, cut side up. Pour custard over fruit, filling as close to the top of each crust as possible without spilling over. Carefully place pan in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until custard is set. Let cool about 15 minutes then remove each cup to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator. These are best the day they are made but aren't too shabby the next day either.
Notes
*I realize this recipe makes a ton of short dough, but have no fear, if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, extra dough can be stored in the refrigerator for about two weeks or in the freezer for up to two months. To use out of the freezer, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Natasha Steinberg

Natasha Steinberg

Natasha is a love-and-matriarch-taught maker of sweet things. She is passionate about using local and seasonal ingredients and making simple, satisfying sweets that make even the least of sweet tooths swoon. Although she is a native Texan, she currently resides in Atlanta where she is finishing up law school and documenting her sweet adventures through photos, recipes, and stories on her blog at tartletsweets.blogspot.com.

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2 Comments
  1. I just made these using the first harvest of cherry plums from our garden. I’m very happy with the results and will most likely make them again.
    I did not use a muffin pan, but used 4″ tart pans instead, for individual servings. I also used mostly egg yolks and very little egg whites for the filling custard.

    Thank you!

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