July 31, 2009

Peach Gratins Inspired by Jacques Pepin

Last weekend I purchased a few fresh from the farm Jersey peaches. I really wasn't sure if I would make them into anything or if I would just eat them without any adornments. After witnessing how Jacques Pepin put together a simple dessert on Monday, I was inspired to make something similar at home.

I followed the same process as he did... pulled out my shiny new ramekins (Thanks, Jennifer, for the awesome directions to Sur La Table!). Peeled and chopped the peaches, then added a bit of butter and sugar. I grated just a bit of dark chocolate over that mixture. Then, I found some Lorna Doone cookies in my pantry and crushed those into bits, and sprinkled those over the top with a bit of sugar. I baked at 350 for about 15 minutes.

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This is definitely something you can throw together with whatever fruit you have on hand. You could use frozen fruit as well, if you are in a pinch and don't have fresh. Taste the fruit first before adding the sugar as you may need more or less. No real measurements or actual "recipe", this is one of those desserts you can do off the top of your head with delightful results.

We enjoyed the Peach Gratins and I think this will be finding its way to the table after dinner often as it is too simple not to make it often while fresh fruit is at it's prime.

More Peach dessert ideas:

Fresh Peach Cake at Shakin & Bakin Recipe Blog

Honey Peach Ice Cream at Whisk: a Food Blog

Peach Tart with Almonds and Maple Syrup at Cafe Fernando

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Stacey Snacks said...

I love the idea of crumbling cookies over fruit!
Jacques really can make something from nothing. He is one of my favorites!

Lynda said...

What an easy, fresh looking dessert...fresh peaches can't be beat no matter how you eat them!
You were so lucky Patsy, to be able to see Jacques Pepin- I love to watch him on TV.

Lyndsey said...

Looks great! I love it when peaches are in season, and I love desserts in ramekins. I think I'll try it this weekend.

~JarieLyn~ said...

This sounds wonderful. And so easy too.

cookingschoolconfidential.com said...

So here I am, not more than ten minutes home from the market (and already visiting foodie blogs!), and in my bag is a load of the sweetest, juiciest peaches. What to do with them?

Then I tripped across your blog.



LaDue & Crew said...

These look great Patsy! I wish I had one now...

Linda said...

I like the idea of the Lorna Doones with the peaches. I have used amaretti cookies before too...mmmmm.

Deborah said...

What a great, adaptable recipe!

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