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Peach Clafoutis is one of the most wonderful ways to celebrate summer’s most cherished fresh fruit. Clafoutis, pronounced (kla-foo-tee), is just fun to say, isn’t it? The word comes from the old Occitan verb clafir that means “to fill.” Here it’s filling a buttered pan with sliced, ripe peaches surrounded by a lightly sweet, milk, egg and flour based batter. It’s a pillowy pancake-reminiscent dessert that is among the most cherished home-baked desserts in the French repertoire.

Peach Clafoutis, photographed from above, baked in a white ceramic baking dish served with a wooden serving spoon.

It’s also nearly effortless to make! Eight simple ingredients plus fresh peaches and perhaps some softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you like.

Ingredients You Need to Make Peach Clafoutis

Peach Clafoutis Ingredients on a white marble board
  • Butter: salted or unsalted butter for greasing the baking dish
  • Milk: ideally whole milk
  • Granulated Sugar: or superfine sugar
  • Eggs: large or extra-large eggs
  • Vanilla: pure vanilla salt
  • Kosher Salt: or half the amount of fine sea salt
  • Flour: all-purpose flour
  • Peaches: fresh, ripe peaches
  • Powdered Sugar: for sprinkling just before serving

What is clafoutis?

Classic French clafoutis goes back to the 19-century in Limousin, France, where the dessert was made with the region’s black cherries (including their pits!). Cherry clafoutis was the original, but it was created to make the most of the produce you have on hand. You can make it with any seasonal fruit or mix of fruit – you could replace half of the peaches with another stone fruit like cherries or plums. Or make it with blueberries (perhaps with a pinch of lemon zest) or fresh raspberries or blackberries. In the fall, make it with apples or pears and a pinch of cinnamon!

Peach Clafoutis baked in a white ceramic baking dish served with a wooden serving spoon.

Tips for the Perfect Clafoutis

  • For the perfect clafoutis, make sure you first cook a thin dough layer in the oven or on the stovetop (if using a flame proof dish) before assembling the rest of the dessert. It will serve as a base and will prevent the fruit from sticking to the bottom. (I’ve called for using the oven to simplify the recipe and avoid any stovetop mishaps.)
  • Clafoutis should be served warm, meaning timing is everything in this recipe. I like to put it in the oven just before I serve dinner. The heavenly aroma as you eat promises dessert!
  • Use fresh peaches, not canned. Canned peaches are too sweet and could end in a soggy dessert. Frozen peaches are an option, but you should measure them while frozen, then thaw and drain the slices before arranging in the baking dish.
  • Don’t overcrowd the clafoutis with fruit. You want to spread the fruit evenly leaving a little space between the peach slices (though some overlapping is okay). 
  • Adjust the amount of sugar depending on how ripe and sweet your peaches are.
  • Serve as is or with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How to Peel Fresh Peaches

The easiest way to peel ripe peaches is to blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer immediately to an ice bath. When they’ve had a few minutes to cool, lift them out and, with a sharp paring knife, slice an X across the top only deep enough to cut through the peel. The peel should slide off easily.

If the peel doesn’t slide off easily, it likely means that your peaches weren’t ripe. Don’t worry, you can still use the peaches for this dish. Use the paring knife to carefully peel and slice the peaches and proceed with the recipe. (Also great for making this easy Peach Bellini recipe!)

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How to Make Peach Clafoutis

In a blender, combine milk, ⅓ cup of the sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour and blend until smooth. Pour ¼-inch layer into a buttered baking dish and place in an oven preheated to 350˚F for 5 minutes.

Spread peach slices evenly over set batter and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Pour over remaining batter and bake in the center of the oven until puffed and golden brown, 50-55 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Peach Clafoutis

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Calories: 182
Servings: 8 people
A simple and elegant dessert to serve when peaches are at their summer peak! Adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child.

Ingredients 
 

  • butter for baking dish
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sliced ripe peaches about 4 medium peaches
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling at the end

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Butter a medium baking dish, ~2-quart and at least 1 1/2-inches deep. (see recipe note)
  • Combine milk, 1/3 cup of the sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and flour in a blender pitcher; blend until smooth and foamy, about 1 minute. Pour 1/4-inch layer in to prepared baking dish and place in oven for 5 minutes, or until batter has set. Remove from oven.
  • Spread peach slices evenly over set batter. Sprinkle remaining sugar (~2 tablespoons) over peach slices. Pour on remaining batter. Bake in the center of the oven for 50-55 minutes, until the clafoutis is puffed and golden brown and a sharp knife or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  • Just before serving, spoon powdered sugar into a fine sieve or shaker and sprinkle over the clafoutis. Serve warm.

Notes

  • 11×7 inch or 8×8 inch baking dishes work well

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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24 Comments

  1. Teena says:

    5 stars
    Just cooked Peach Clafoutis – picked beautifully ripe peaches and used your recipe. Brilliant! Have used another recipe that I’ve been happy with for years but yours adding the thin layer of batter first gives a different product. Thank you

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I love this, Teena! Thank you for your kind comment and cooking notes.

  2. Eileen says:

    5 stars
    Made this for a pot luck and gluten free. Was wonderful. Not too sweet and kinda tastes like a thick crepe.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      That’s wonderful, Eileen! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and made it your own.

  3. Paris says:

    Question: Can I make the batter ahead of time & refrigerate until it’s ready to use? Would love to make this for a dinner party at a friend’s house; I figured I could make the batter at home then assemble & bake it at the party so that it’s warm when we eat it. Thanks!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Paris! Yes, you can absolutely make the batter in advance. If you’re cutting the peaches in advance, be sure to take some measure to keep them from turning brown. You’ve probably read common methods for this, like tossing with a citrus juice like lemon, but I recently came across this unusual method. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m intrigued. 🙂