Apple and Pear Gratin

This dessert is a rustic, delicious baked mixture of apple and pear slices in a custard-like base. It is also incredibly easy to make. Share[ it with family and friends in a casual setting.]

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
serves 6 to 8 people
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Butter for the baking dish
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 red apple, such as Fuji, Gala or Rome Beauty
  • 1 ripe Anjou or Bartlett pear
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9-inch baking dish that is at least 2 inches deep or a 9-inch springform pan.

  • Put the whole eggs plus the egg yolks and the sugar in the bowl of a mixer. Beat at high speed until you see pale yellow ribbons form.

  • Mix in the rum and vanilla. Add the flour and mix well. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

  • In the clean mixer bowl, whip the heavy cream to firm peaks, then fold it carefully into the egg mixture with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the buttered dish.

  • Peel and core the apple and pear and slice them crosswise into thin half-moons. Arrange over the batter in the baking dish, alternating the apple and pear slices. Do not be concerned if they sink into the mixture; they eventually will end up embedded in it. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake until the top has turned golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.


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