Recipe courtesy of Scribner

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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: serves 6 to 8 people
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix in the rum and vanilla. Add the flour and mix well. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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