Monday, September 24, 2012

Sylvie's plum frangipane gratin

I didn't think too much when I saw the plum frangipane gratin in gourmande in the kitchen.. except that it had very few ingredients, looked easy and made to sound delicious by sylvie! I was already sold.. at "frangipane", btw ^^.. whatever that means! (^^)

And perhaps, melted butter too.. ^^ Just so you know.. I've  fallen TOTALLY in love with browned butter ^^!!! (thanks a million! lynna ^^) So I've been looking for every excuse to make brown butter.. again ^^! They are earth shattering AWWWESOME! love! love! love!

So it didn't even occur to me there is no flour nor any sugar in this recipe.. In fact, I was totally oblivious till half way through the recipe ^^|| Talk about blurrrrr..... or selective attention/distraction! (^^)

Plum frangipane gratin (adapted from gourmandeinthekitchen)

6 sweet plums, sliced (I peeled off the skins ~ fear of pesticides.. I really shouldn't have ^^||)
100g melted unsalted butter (I HAD to use browned butter ^^)
1 egg, beaten
4 1/2 tbsp honey
100g almond meal, sifted if possible ( I used 75g almond + 25g hazelnut meal.. I just like it that way ^^)
a pinch of salt
28g/ 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C.

2. Melt butter over medium heat. (Or make brown butter ^^!). Leave to cool.

3. Beat honey with egg.

4. Add melted butter (or browned butter) to egg mixture and mix till well combined.

5. Add almond meal and a pinch of salt to batter. Mix till well incorporated.

6. Arrange sliced plums in concentric circles (.. or however you wish ^^) in greased ramekin/mould/s. Cover with batter and top with some sliced almonds, if you like ^^.

7. Bake for 20 minutes or till the sides turn golden.

This gratin can be served warm or cold. I prefer it cold ^^. Head over to gourmandeinthekitchen for beautiful pictures and recipe ^^

So do I like it? Hmmm... it's nice.. and grainy.. and interesting and different from the usual desserts I make.. and it's DEFINITELY wholesome and healthy ^^! I do however feel I didn't do justice to the recipe as the plums used may not be perfectly ripe ^^|| But what do I know about plums? It's probably just me over-analyzing.. again ^^||! A friend's 10 year-old daughter actually preferred this dessert over my current most-awesome numero uno cupcake, double caramel cupcake (??!!!) And big pig likes it too ^^ So there you go! (^^)

Though I prefer my fruits whole and fresh, the texture of baked plums is really nice ^^ For an easy, wholesome, healthy, gluten-free and processed sugar-free dessert, look no further! (^^)

p.s i do know now, that the "beautiful" frangipane refers to filling made from or flavored with almonds.. these days, it's a filling made of butter, sugar, egg and ground almonds ^^ aaah.. the things one learns from the blogosphere ^^ thank you, thank you, thank you! dearest generous bloggers! (^^)


Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Oh no wonder this title looks familiar! I was at Sylvie's site yesterday and I really loved this recipe too! And of course I wasn't sure what that "frangipane" means and how to pronounce it correctly...with my accent! Looks delicious, and what a nice change using brown butter. :) Looks absolutely amazing!

pudgy butterfly said...

thanks, nami.. you always have the kindest words to say ^^ frangipane doesn't sound as sweet in french, in my opinion.. hence i will continue to liken it's pronunciation to frangipani, the flower ^^ ignorance is bliss ^^

Lynna said...

These gratin looks so pretty and cute!

pudgy butterfly said...

awww.. you guys are always so kind.. my gratin looks terrible and you still find nice things to say.. thank you, lynna! ^^