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Richmond Recipes | Seasonal Cherry Clafoutis
17th June 2020

Chris Lelliot, Head Chef at Richmond Wood Norton shares his recipe of this tender and traditional baked French dessert inspired by his travels around Europe with the Roux Brothers.



  • 160g plain flour
  • 160g butter, melted and cooled
  • 300ml milk
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 400g ripe cherries (stoned)



  1. Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas 6
  2. Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl with a fork, then lightly beat in the flour
  3. Whisk in the cooled but not cold butter, then gradually whisk in the milk followed by the sugar
  4. Cut the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds using the point of a knife and add to the mixture
  5. Cut 20g of the butter into small pieces and set aside
  6. Using the 40g of butter left over, generously grease an ovenproof dish about 22cm in diameter and 3 – 4cm deep
  7. Spread the stoned cherries evenly over the base of the disk then pour in the batter mixture over them
  8. Carefully transfer the dish to the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes
  9. Then lower to 180C / Gas 4 and cook for a further 15 minutes
  10. Scatter the reserved butter pieces evenly over the top of the clafoutis and bake for another 5 minutes or so until the batter has set. Insert a knife into the middle, if it comes out clean then it is ready
  11. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and leave to stand for 5 minutes then serve

Chris Lelliot has been cooking professionally since he left school, learning his trade originally in a local hotel in St Albans before then moving to the Michelin starred restaurant, Gravetye Manor near Brighton. His next move was to London where he was lucky enough to work with Gary Rhodes at The Greenhouse on Park Lane before working with the Roux Brothers for 14 years. The Cherry Clafoutis recipe is inspired by his travels around Europe with Michel and Albert Roux for one of many recipe books.


Our chefs at Richmond Villages are highly skilled, talented and experienced individuals who enjoy creating delicious and nutritious meals for our residents and their families. While we’re currently unable to offer this 5-star dining experience to our visitors, this simple recipe is something you can easily create at home. A little bit of Richmond for you to enjoy, from our kitchen to yours.

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