Pistachio-Cherry Gratin

A quick post today because seasonal allergies are keeping me away from the blogosphere. It’s hard to focus or be creative with tension headache and a bunch of other ailments. Hopefully i’ll be back in blogging form soon.

This pistachio-cherry gratin did bring some sort of comfort though and the best part is that it couldn’t be easier. And easy is just what i need these days. A sort of pistachio frangipane is poured over sauteed cherries flambee in kirsch and the whole thing is baked for about 20 to 25 minutes. It results in something which technically isn’t a clafouti but delicious nonetheless.


  • Pistachio-Cherry Gratin

  • serves 4
    • For the pistachio-cherry gratin:
    • 2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed, stemmed, and pitted
    • 3 tablespoons kirsch
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 cup ground almonds
    • 1/2 cup ground pistachios
    • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting the gratin
    • For the carbonara:
    • Preheat the oven to 375’F. Butter a large baking dish or four individual ones.
    • In a large skillet, combine the cherries and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing regularly, for 5 minutes. Deglaze and flambe with the Kirsch. Transfer the cherries to the prepared baking dish(es) and set aside.
    • In the bowl of a food processor combine the ground almonds, ground pistachio and butter. Process until smooth. Add the eggs, cream, confectioners’ sugar  and flour and process until thick, smooth, and well blended. Pour the cream over the cherries in the baking dish.
    • Place the baking dish in the oven and bake until the gratin is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool
    • Dust the gratin with confectioners’ sugar and serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • http://eataduckimust.blogspot.com/ Jared

    Chicago must be slow or they skipped us, haven’t seen cherries at the farmer’s market yet. Maybe I will try this with plum instead.

  • http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com Alejandra

    This looks incredible! It’s all my favorite flavors. And it just so happens that I have lots of pistachios at home right now.

    Also, good news for you! I just read an article in the NY Daily News that says that people with allergies are significantly less likely to get cancer. Awesome, huh?

  • http://kitchen-em.blogspot.com Kitchen M

    It’s hard to be creative even if I don’t have allegies! Hope you get better soon.

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney aka glamah

    Brilliant dish. My favorite flavors.

  • http://ciaochowlinda.blogspot.com Ciaochowlinda

    Oh the colors of this dish! Just stunning.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    You know, I’m having difficulty classifying this recipe too, so I think I’ll stick with “gratin” and “awesome” 😉

  • http://messinthekitchen.blogsite.org Mika

    I need to find pistachios now…this sort of clafoutis seems to delicious to wait…

  • http://sandrakavital.blogspot.com sandra

    ahah!! know what’s resting in my fridge..? pistachio clafoutis batter.. to combine with cherries obviously 😉 Great minds do think alike!
    Comment tu fais pour avoir une pâte aussi verte.. on dirait de la crème de petit pois :))
    Moi j’aime bien quand les fruits se voient dans les clafoutis alors je les rajoute après 10 min de cuisson sur la pâte déjà un peu raffermie (truc de ma chère Julia Child)
    Brilliant tes cerises sautées au kirsh, je crois que je vais te piquer l’idée!

  • http://www.myfavoriteflavours.com Steve

    Simply outstanding. Always looking for a unique dessert. This will do just fine.

  • http://kitchen-worthy.com Liren

    Stunning. When I think “gratin” I automatically think savory, but wow, I forget that it could be sweet. Fantastic! And btw, I love those gratin dishes, I have the same in the buttery cream color :)

  • http://staceysnacksonline.com stacey snacks

    Delicious…cherries w/ pistachios.
    I hope you are feeling better soon.

  • http://www.elinluv.blogspot.com Elin

    Hi Stephane..thanks for this delectable fruit gratin…yumm yumm and hope you get well soon :) take care, we are all looking forward to your posts with great goodies :p

  • http://tenina.com Tenina

    Fantastic colours…sounds divine, cant pass a pistachio dessert, yet alone cherries…come down under to avoid allergies…really!

  • http://www.passionateaboutbaking.com/ deeba

    Sensational look & flavours! Who cares about technicalities … I’d rather have this! YUM!!

  • http://bunkycooks.com bunkycooks

    Sorry to hear your feel miserable. :( I would think that this beautiful dessert did make you feel just a bit better.

  • http://sweesan.blogspot.com Swee San

    The colours are stunning!

  • http://www.candcdish.wordpress.com C and C Dish

    What an awesome idea, this looks delicious!

  • http://www.shesimmers.com Leela@SheSimmers

    Man, I wish I could whip up something this gorgeous while battling seasonal allergies.

  • http://www.theardentepicure.com/ Magic of Spice

    Allergies are horrid:( But this looks and sounds wonderful!

  • http://www.colloquialcooking.com Colloquial Cook

    Ici la société de protection de mineurs contre la prolifération des images lascives et pornographiques. Prière de flouter l’appareil à gratin.

  • http://www.aspicyperspective.com Sommer

    It looks and sounds so good! Beautiful photos!

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com vanillasugar

    i love when you make sweets. you are so clever & creative.
    do you have hayfever allergies? i can kiss you and make it all better. ok? lol

  • http://www.LiveLifeEatRight.wordpress.com Nora@LifeLifeEatRight

    This looks fantastic, absolutely to die for!! I think this is the quintessential summer dessert!

  • http://tomaytotomaaahto.blogspot.com Ruby

    Looks divine, as do the photos! I’ve listed you in my first -ever awards:


    Please come by and have a look when you get a moment. Cheers!

  • http://thespinningplate.com Angela

    Hope you feel better! Pistachios and cherries are a great combo. Beautiful.

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  • http://kyotofoodie.com Michael [OpenKyoto]

    Wow! That is wonderful. Love the contrast of red and green. Complimentary colors that must create quite a taste when baked together.

  • http://www.mudpiesandminestrone.blogspot.com sarah

    OMG! This is too beautiful. I am crazy about cherries. wonderful colour combinations.

  • http://wwwbunnysovencom.blogspot.com/ Cyndy

    you and your photo’s never cease to amaze me

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    Wow, amazing pictures of the Pistachio-Cherry Grautin, looks delicious!