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
Confectionerís 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 confectionerís 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 confectionerís sugar and cut in wedges.

Serves 6 to 8.

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


GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSAway D4 years ago

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

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Yummy recipe,must try it.Thanks for sharing

Dale O.

Fabulous and tasty, love cherries.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

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.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

Looks good.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago


Jackie Carmichael

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

Jessica S.
Jessica S8 years ago