Sweet sweet Friday: Berry Gratin

There used to be a dreadful infomercial on TV here called Food In A Minute, where a presenter with a rictus grin showed how to create “delicious family meals” with frozen hash browns and tinned mince. I don’t go in much for that kind of palaver or indeed the sorts of books that claim you can whip up dinner for six in 24 minutes, leaving you time to pleat paper napkins and arrange the carnations.

All that said, it is taking me longer to write this post than it will take you to make this unbelievably good pudding. I could go on about how there is an amazing textural contrast between juicy berries, silky creme fraiche and a crisp sugar crust, but we’re busy people.

Busy Berry Gratin
This amount makes enough for four (or enough for three, with some left for you to sneakily eat for breakfast tomorrow morning).

About 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen berries (blue, boysen or black)
250g creme fraiche
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat the grill. Take a flat gratin sort of dish and tip the berries into it. Smooth the creme fraiche over the top, then sprinkle over the sugar in an even layer. Put under the grill for about three minutes until caramelised – be careful, it can scorch very easily (as shown in the photo above). Take to table. Eat slowly.

Wishing you all a sweet, sweet Friday and a very happy weekend.



  1. March 31, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    You are right. This is just the dessert to go with my quickie dinner. It looks amazing!

  2. March 31, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    It looks amazing – I can't believe it has just 3 ingredients. Definitely one to impress with!

  3. March 31, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    Delicious! My Mum used to make a variation on this with plums and thick creamy yoghurt – it was always a hit.

  4. March 31, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    What a brilliant idea – a bit like a large crème brulée. I have half a tub of crème fraîche in the fridge and have just bought some new crop rhubarb which is asking to be used in something like this. I really must give it a go … and soon.
    Thank you!
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'

  5. April 1, 2011 / 2:40 am

    looks yum and teh perfect quick pud, great to find your blog too…I look after the NZ Food Bloggers Association.

  6. April 1, 2011 / 10:08 am

    looking good… love a quick pudding but, like you, I really don't see the point of those daft fast meals… you have to have so much prepared before hand it's a big lie… anyway, nice pudding!

  7. April 1, 2011 / 11:32 am

    The perfect desert, creamy, fruity and quick…but real food…exactly my cup of tea….

  8. April 1, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    Good idea, might try it with total greek yoghurt

  9. April 1, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    This is my kind of dessert! Nothing beats a combination of sweet fruit and cream and time to make is a bonus.

  10. April 1, 2011 / 7:32 pm

    Yum! What a lovely pudding and this can be done in minutes?! amazing!
    Have a happy happy weekend to you too.

  11. April 2, 2011 / 12:12 am

    wow..looks out of the word…stunning recipe..
    great to find your blog..
    happy to follow u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  12. April 2, 2011 / 5:17 am

    I did it! Well, attempted this dish for our sweet, sweet Friday dessert. Just tried to grill – or broil as they call it over here – with the oven door shut. Oh dear… next time I might have to put husband in the kitchen with one of your recipes instead xoxox

  13. April 3, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    This is a highly interesting and VERY delicious sounding and looking recipe. Oh I feel my spirits lift just imagining it.

  14. April 3, 2011 / 3:04 pm

    OMG for something so simple it looks delicious. I've just spent the past 10 minutes scrolling through your blog, its fantastic. I'm your latest follower and feeling very honored to be number 100!


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