So what does clafoutis have to do with a pie-luck, you ask? Good question. The answer is not much, really. Basically, I didn't get it together in time to come up with a pie recipe for the contest but I wanted to attend the pie-luck and I didn't want to show up empty handed. Clafoutis was an easy choice.
One might say, easy as pie. I'd say easier.
adapted from Tartine
Clafoutis is a great last minute dessert- it requires only a handful of ingredients, all staples, and it works well with a variety of fruit. I initially planned to make a blackberry clafoutis but when I didn't get to the store, the peaches I already had on hand served me well. I used the same recipe I've used previously, and subbed slices from 3 medium sized peaches for the cherries. I would also recommend subbing almond extract for the vanilla bean in this peach version. I discovered I was out of almond extract while making my clafoutis so I went with a vanilla bean but almond would be a better complement to the peaches. Also, although it is traditional to caramelize the crust on a cherry clafoutis, I skipped that step as I thought it would mask the flavor of the fresh peaches.