blame it on the A-A-A-Alcohol, I made a cherry and kirsch gratin, the recipe adapted from PURE DESSERT by Alice Medrich. I love that the cherry liqueur/white wine combination is not very strong because at least some of the alcohol evaporates in the cooking process; rather it enhances the flavor of the cherries and the custard. I a-a-azhzhure you my speech wasn't slurred after consuming a large bowl of the spiked cherry dessert.;-)
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recipe adapted from PURE DESSERT by Alice Medrich
Cherry And Kirsch Gratin
for the topping
3 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1¼ tablespoons flour
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons kirschwasser
¼ cup plus 1½ tablespoons heavy cream
for the fruit
1 cup sweet cherries
1½ tablespoons kirschwasser
½ tablespoon sugar, or to taste
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
- To make the topping: Set a medium bowl next to the stove. In a medium stainless steel saucepan, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and flour until well blended. Whisk in the wine and kirschwasser. Cook over medium heat whisking constantly until the mixture becomes a thick custard. Continue to whisk for 2 minutes (to cook the flour), or until the custard becomes less thick and slightly translucent. Immediately scrape the custard into the bowl. Stir in 1½ tablespoons cream. Place a piece of plastic film on top to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cool.
- To prepare the fruit: Pit and halve the cherries. Place them in a bowl, add the kirschwasser, sugar, and lemon juice, stir, and let macerate for at least 15 minutes or for several hours at room temperature. Preheat the broiler with the rack 6 inches from the heat. Taste and adjust sugar and lemon juice. Scrape the cherries and juices into a 4 x 6 oval dish and spread evenly. Broil until cherries are slightly tender and the juices are bubbling, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the pan and set aside to cool slightly for 10 minutes. Whip the remaining cream until almost stiff. Fold into the cold custard. Spread the mixture on top of the cherries. Slide under the broiler to brown the top, this may take only a minute or less. Serve warm or at room temperature.