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Fruit au gratin: the tasty dessert suitable for everyone

Gratinated fruit

Elegant, tasty and fresh: fruit au gratin with brown sugar is an ideal end to a meal that will appeal to young and old alike.

Let’s take advantage of seasonal fruit to create a delicious recipe, a very simple dessert that will make your guests happy , and of course you too! The recipe for fruit au gratin varies according to the season, and what we have in the fridge, but the result never changes: a tasty dessert suitable for adults and children. It is among the quick and easy recipes to make for a quick dessert, or when you want to prepare a pleasant snack , without too many ingredients. The trick for a simple success is to put it in the oven only the time necessary for the sugar to crystallize, forming an inviting crust . Another idea for adults is to offer fruit au gratin with brown sugar accompanied by a liqueur, such as limoncello, or a sweet wine. For children, this dessert can be served with a scoop of ice cream, or with a splash of fresh, lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Gratinated fruit
Gratinated fruit

Preparation for the gratin fruit recipe

  1. Slice the pears, apples and oranges, and put them in a bowl, where you will leave them to macerate for 10 minutes in the liqueur.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar. As soon as it is incorporated, add the flour a little at a time .
  3. Add the milk slowly. You will thus obtain a smooth and lump-free dough.
  4. Bring the mixture over the heat, over low heat, and stir for 3 minutes , until it forms a smooth and firm cream.
  5. Grease a baking dish , sprinkle with brown sugar and place the fruit, draining it from the liqueur.
  6. Pour over the cream, and sprinkle again with the brown sugar.
  7. Turn on the oven, grill function, and mold the fruit for 8-10 minutes , the time that the brown sugar caramelizes, and forms a delicious sugary crust.
  8. Serve as you like, hot, lukewarm and cold. Fruit gratin is always great.


Mixed fruit au gratin can be kept for 2 days in the fridge if placed in a tightly closed and clean airtight container. We do not recommend freezing.

If you are looking for other quick and easy desserts, try the caramelized fruit recipe.

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