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Classic French Cherry Gratin

Classic French Cherry Gratin

Cherries are in season–and it turns out that they are antioxidant powerhouses as well as adorably sweet and delicious. This French Provincial recipe is a classic way to show them off.

Imagine a farmhouse kitchen surrounded by cherry trees heavy with ripe fruit. The wood-fired oven is ready to bake this tempting gratin, with its gorgeous cherries nestled in a creamy confection. It is the simplicity of this recipe that is so lusciously French: Pull up a chair under the branches and enjoy.

Unsalted butter for preparing the baking dish
1 1/2 pounds sweet cherries, pitted (i have also used frozen ones, thawed)
1/2 cup cream or fresh, very moist goat cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup finely ground blanched almonds
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
Confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Butter a 10 1/2-inch round or oval porcelain gratin or baking dish. Place the cherries evenly in the bottom.

3. Place remaining ingredients, excepting the confectioner’s sugar, in a food processor and process until blended. Pour this mixture over the cherries.

4. Place dish in the center of your oven and bake about 30 minutes, or until the gratin is golden brown and firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.

5. To serve, dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar and cut in wedges.

Serves 6 to 8.

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By Cait Johnson, inspired by Patricia Wells At Home in Provence (Scribner, 1996).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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6:34PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Love cherries - goat cheese not so much, so will look for substitute and try. Thanx.

4:49AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Yummy recipe,must try it.Thanks for sharing

8:53PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Fabulous and tasty, love cherries.

9:14AM PST on Dec 1, 2012


5:07AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

1:31AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Its so hard to find organic cherries. According to Environmental Working Group(EWG) All tree fruits are heavily conaminated with pesticides and fungicides and should only be eaten from organic sources. They are considered "dirty" fruits.

1:28AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Looks good.

5:31PM PST on Feb 23, 2011


10:17AM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

I'm really looking forward to trying this out next cherry season!

10:11AM PST on Dec 27, 2009


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