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Cherry tomato clafoutis

A savoury version of a classic French dessert, this cherry tomato clafoutis is a lovely cheesy dish that’s perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Cheesy cherry tomato clafoutis in a pink baking dish with a scoop removed

Have you ever had clafoutis before? If you haven’t, you’re probably wondering what on earth it is. And if you have, you’re probably wondering why on earth I’ve put tomatoes in it. But either way, all you need to know is that this cherry tomato clafoutis is a brilliant lunch or dinner option for occasions when you want something a little bit different, or a little bit special. Let me tell you more about it.

Cherry tomato clafoutis with a crispy cheesy topping in a pink baking dish

What is clafoutis?

Clafoutis (cla-foo-tee) is a French dessert that’s based around a fluffy batter with plenty of fruit, usually cherries. Sometimes it’s a soft mixture that’s spooned out like a pudding, and other times it’s firmer, and sliced like a cake. Either way, it’s simple and delicious.

But since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (let’s jut ignore posts like this one for a moment), and I’m always looking for ways to put my own spin on things, I thought I’d make a savoury version using cherry tomatoes instead!

Collage showing cherry tomato clafoutis before baking

Savoury clafoutis

It might sound strange to make a savoury version of a dessert, but this cherry tomato clafoutis actually works really well. It’s somewhere between a frittata and a pancake – a light and fluffy batter that’s perfectly moist (sorry, I really hate the word moist but I can’t think of an alternative, and thesaurus.com is being really unhelpful. I have literally never seen such a revolting collection of words).

The parsley and spring onions do a great job of infusing their flavours into the batter, and making sure it’s really tasty. Then you get little pockets of juicy roasted tomato, and of course plenty of cheese (including a crispy cheese topping!).

It feels quite sophisticated, but you still get to eat lots of crispy cheese. Win-win.

Portion of savoury cherry tomato clafoutis on a plate with a fork

How to serve savoury clafoutis

Since this cherry tomato clafoutis is a little different to the kinds of things I usually cook, it might not be immediately obvious when you’d serve it – but I think it’s actually pretty versatile.

It would make a great brunch with some asparagus, and a fruit salad on the side.
Serve it for lunch, with a bit of bread and butter to mop up the juices from those gorgeous roasted tomatoes.
Or add some salad or some extra veggies for an elegant dinner – perfect for guests.

It’s also good eaten from the pan with a spoon, but that perhaps negates the ‘elegant’ aspect a little.

Portion of cheesy cherry tomato clafoutis on a plate with a fork

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4.41 from 5 votes

Cherry tomato clafoutis

A savoury version of the classic French dessert, with juicy roasted tomatoes and a cheesy topping! Perfect for brunch, lunch or a dinner party.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Light lunch
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 250 g (~ 9 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved (~ 1 1/2 cups when halved)
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 150 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1 1/2 cups when grated)
  • 100 g (~ 2/3 cup) plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 ml (~ 1 cup) milk
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Scatter the spring onions, cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley over the bottom of a baking dish (mine measured around 8 x 8 inches), along with about a third of the cheese.
  • Add the flour to a mixing bowl, and add the eggs. Whisk until well combined and fairly smooth. Add the milk and a good pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk again to combine.
  • Pour the batter over the tomatoes, and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for around 45 minutes, or until the mixture is fairly firm, and the cheese is golden brown and crispy. If the cheese is browning too quickly, you can cover the dish lightly with foil partway through cooking. Be aware that the clafoutis will probably rise as it cooks, so don't put it too close to the top of the oven!
  • Leave the clafoutis to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

 

Nutrition Facts
Cherry tomato clafoutis
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.5g28%
Saturated Fat 10.1g51%
Cholesterol 208mg69%
Sodium 370mg15%
Potassium 350mg10%
Carbohydrates 26.5g9%
Fiber 1.8g7%
Sugar 5.4g6%
Protein 20.4g41%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/4 of the recipe.

Want an elegant French-inspired potato dish to serve alongside your cherry tomato clafoutis? Try these buttery chateau potatoes!

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Recipe Rating




Rob

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Definitely more “egg tasting” Than other Clafoutis I’ve made, but still quite good.

Rosemary Kennedy

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Turned out beautifully, but there are only two of us, so I have half of it left. What is the best way to reheat it please.

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 25th of November 2019

I'd just microwave it personally :)

Mick Anderson

Friday 14th of September 2018

Just made it today. Just wow!! Another great recipe Becca!! The Smoky Lentil with Spaghetti has become a regular and this will join it . But mine certainly wasn't light as I must have done too much batter or it was the cheese ;)

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 17th of September 2018

Aw thanks so much Mick! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Bella Hardy

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

Definitely, your cherry tomato clafoutis is awesomeness! This is a great recipe, Becca, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact, have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 29th of May 2018

That's awesome, thanks Bella :)

Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky

Thursday 11th of January 2018

This is absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy cherry tomato clafoutis. This is pure combination of taste, I like a balanced diet, a variety of protein and vitamin supplements so that they will have good health. Thx Becca!

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