675g fresh sweet cherries, stones removed
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons caster sugar
8 egg whites
250ml skimmed milk
250ml double cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthways and crushed
3 tablespoons kirsch
1 tablespoon icing sugar for dusting
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Prep:40min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr25min
Preheat the oven to 170 C / gas 3. Grease a 25cm flan tin, or a similar sized baking dish.
Spread out the cherries in the bottom of the prepared tin, and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk and cream. Stir in the kirsch and vanilla bean. Gradually whisk in the flour mixture until smooth. Remove the vanilla bean from the mixture, and pour it over the cherries.
Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until puffed and browned. Let cool until the top sinks in slightly. Dust with icing sugar before serving.