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Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Almond and berry gratins

Dorie Greenspan almond and berry gratins on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis week, for the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi, we made what I think I’ll be making a lot of over the summer: berry “gratins”.  Typically associated with a savoury dish topped with cheese, this dessert version uses an pistachio cream for the crispy “gratin” part which is spread over the top of the berry base. the pistachio cream is a riff on traditional almond cream (used in Galette des Rois) but I only had almonds on hand so that’s what I used. I think any nut flour would work, to be honest.

Dorie calls for the cream to sit in the fridge for 30+ minutes before you spread it on the berries but I think next time I might try spreading it on the berries before I refrigerate it – it’s quite stiff and paste-like and I found it a bit challenging to get it spread over the entire surface of the berries.

Dorie Greenspan almond and berry gratins from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comI actually used frozen berries that were not quite thawed in this recipe (just blueberries) and they worked beautifully. Any berries would work here as well as summer stone fruits. Again, I think I see a lot of this in my future…

Dorie Greenspan Baking Chez Moi almond and berry gratins on eatlivetravelwrite.comI was initially worried that the almond cream didn’t cover enough of the berries but in fact it was the perfect amount. I love the colour of the berries peeking out and the fact that it’s not completely covered with “gratin” makes it actually quite a light dessert. Perfect for in-season fruit but also for wintertime with frozen fruits. I’m a fan!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Pistachio and Berry Gratins on p 345 of Baking Chez Moi.

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16 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Almond and berry gratins

  1. Margrèt Jóhanna May 23, 2017 at 06:48 #

    Looks good. This is an easy recipe to make small or large. It was not a hit in my house.

  2. Mr. Neil May 23, 2017 at 13:22 #

    Yes please more of these before you head off to France. 🙂

  3. Zosia May 23, 2017 at 14:55 #

    It’s good to know this works with frozen fruit too. I agree that you can use other nut flours – the nut flavour didn’t stand out at all to me.

    • Mardi Michels June 3, 2017 at 18:30 #

      I don’t think it’s meant to overpower the fruit. I do need to try with pistachios!

  4. Summer May 23, 2017 at 17:43 #

    Your version looks delicious! I did wonder how it would work with Almond cream and it sounds it works out beautifully.

  5. Diane Zwang May 23, 2017 at 20:55 #

    You are right this will be perfect for all the summer fruit. My husband really liked this one.

  6. shirley @ everopensauce.com May 23, 2017 at 21:44 #

    Whatever you did, they turned out to be the right approach for this beautiful gratin!

  7. Cakelaw May 24, 2017 at 06:16 #

    Your photo is gorgeous – it looks as if I could spoon the berries off the screen.

  8. steph (whisk/spoon) May 28, 2017 at 18:44 #

    i see a lot of these in my future, too! your purple berries do look really pretty in your white dishes.

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