Pitting cherry against berry

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¾ cup whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup creme fraiche
½ cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Soak:
Tumble berries into a bowl. Sprinkle on 2 tablespoons sugar, the liqueur and vanilla. Mix once, gently. Let sit, about 20 minutes.

Prep:
Butter and sugar a 9-inch ceramic baking dish. Set on a rimmed baking sheet.

Mix:
Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, creme fraiche, flour, remaining ½ cup sugar and salt until smooth.

Fill:
Scoop up berries with a slotted spoon and settle them in prepared baking pan. Whisk remaining juices into egg mixture. Pour egg mixture over fruit.

Bake:
Slide into a 375-degree oven and bake until puffed, golden and set, about 35-40 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Enjoy slightly warm or room temperature.

Leah Eskin is a Tribune Newspapers special contributor. Email her at leahreskin@aol.com.
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