Gratin d'Abricots

 I love apricots, but usually in the supermarket they are in little punnets. I went to a market in another town at the weekend, and to my delight, they were selling them on a stall. 

This recipe comes from a free recipe card from one of the French supermarkets. It's a popular recipe with my family.

You need: 80g caster sugar and 80g soft brown sugar, 1 tspn vanilla extract, 50g ground almonds, 40g soft butter, 1kg apricots, 125g brioche [slices cut from a loaf], 200ml crème fraîche, 3 eggs, icing sugar to sprinkle

Preheat oven 180C/gas4                                Grease a large ovenproof dish.

Lay the slices of brioche in the bottom of the dish. 

Cut the apricots in half and remove stone. Arrange the halves over the brioche, packing together well. 

Sprinkle over the ground almonds and the brown sugar.

In a bowl, beat together the eggs, caster sugar, vanilla extract, butter and crème fraîche. Pour this over the mixture in the dish.

Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. 

Sprinkle over a little icing sugar before serving.

I like the texture contrasts - the soft brioche at the bottom, the juicy fruit and then the topping, again soft, but in a different way to the brioche. I've used plums instead of apricots and they work well. Am going to try it with sliced pears and maybe apples. It's a delicious way of serving fruit.


Suelle said…
This sounds delicious. I wish I had a reason to make a proper pudding!
Oh, that's good. Apricots are a wonderful fruit but I can't always find good ones. This should encourage me to try harder to search them out.

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