Sourdough Clafoutis – With Black Cherries And Maple Syrup

A delicious and naturally sweetened clafoutis made with tummy friendly fermented grain.


In an effort to bring you everything sourdough, I now present you with Sourdough Clafoutis.

I just couldn’t resist the challenge of making clafoutis with sourdough. The part of my job I love the most is recipe development. And developing this one was tasty!

I used fully-fermented sourdough starter, pastured eggs and butter, organic maple syrup, raw milk, a little salt, a little vanilla and a full pound of organic black cherries. This is the line where health food meets pure indulgence.


The perfect clafoutis made with tummy friendly, naturally fermented and leavened sourdough starter.


What is Clafoutis?

Clafoutis is a form of French cobbler. It starts as a thick flan or pancake like batter that is poured into a hot pan and studded with fresh fruit. The batter envelopes the fruit as it cooks and puffs around the edges. It is similar to a Dutch Baby but a bit denser with a more cake like texture.


Why Sourdough?

You all know by now that I’ve made a commitment to eat only traditionally prepared grains and I do that because my body responds better to soaked, fermented or sprouted grains. Somewhere along the way we lost our methods for making grains healthy and body friendly. But not anymore, I’m rewriting all the recipes and your body will thank you for using them.


Sourdough Clafoutis fresh out of the oven and bursting with black cherries!


Fermented grains are more easy to digest, they have reduced phytic acid (that acts as an anti-nutrient) and their important vitamins and minerals have been unlocked. Almost all early humans had some sort of grain in their diet but they prepared them in totally different ways then we do now. Where did we go wrong?

To learn more about how our ancestors really ate,

please read Sally Fallon-Morell’s new book Nourishing Diets: How Paleo, Ancestral and Traditional Peoples Really Ate. This book will blow your mind!

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The perfect clafoutis made with tummy friendly, naturally fermented and leavened sourdough starter.
Sourdough Clafoutis
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

A classic Black Cherry Clafoutis but made with whole-body-friendly fermented grain.

Course: Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French, Traditional
Keyword: Farm To Table, Fermented, Pastured, Real Food, Sourdough
Servings: 12
Author: Butter For All
Batter Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sourdough Starter, stirred down 375g at 100% hydration
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup 118g
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk 118g
  • 3 Whole Eggs
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 2g
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter melted
Other ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 1/2 Cups Pitted Cherries About 1 pound before pitting
Maple Whipped Cream
The Night Before - Feed Your Sourdough
  1. If you keep your sourdough at 100% hydration, feed it with 200 g of flour and 200 g of water. If you need to convert your sourdough to 100% hydration mix 250 g of flour and 250 g of water together and add one tablespoon of your active sourdough starter. Ferment the starter at room temperature overnight. 

The Next Morning -
  1. Pit the cherries and set them aside. If you don't have a pitter you can cut them in half or use a metal straw and beer bottle (place the berry on top of the beer bottle and push the metal straw through the cherry, pushing the pit into the bottle). 

  2. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Reserve the other 4 tablespoons for greasing the pan.

  3. Measure and add the batter ingredients to your blender, food processor or mixer.  This can be done by hand or with a whisk as well. Blend until combined. Set the batter aside.

  4. Preheat your oven to 450° and place a cast iron skillet inside the oven to preheat.

  5. Once the oven has heated remove the skillet and drop in the other 4 tablespoons of butter. Roll the pan to coat it evenly. Add the batter to the hot pan and then drop in the cherries in a nice even layer.

  6. Bake the clafoutis for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature of the oven to 350° and continue to bake the clafoutis another 15 minutes or until it is puffed, golden brown and set in the middle.

  7. Whip the cream, maple syrup and vanilla together and refrigerate the whipped cream.

  8. Let the clafoutis cool slightly before serving.  Add whipped cream if desired!




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