Apricot gratins with almond and kirsch

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Honey
1 Vanilla bean
2½ cup Water
2½ cup Fresh apricots
¾ cup Powdered sugar
1¼ cup Almond flour
10 tablespoons Butter; softened
2 Egg yolks
1 Whole egg
¼ cup Slivered almonds
3 tablespoons Kirsch
Fresh mint
Powdered sugar in shaker

TOPPING

GARNISH

Prehaet the oven to 425 degrees. In a sauce pan, combine the sugar, honey, vanilla bean and water. Bring the liquid to a boil. Add the apricots and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat. Invert a saucer on top of the fruit to keep it submerged.

Cover the saucepan and let stand for 24 hours. During the marinating, the pits will impart an almond flavor to the apricots and their syrup. Drain the fruit, reserving the syrup and being careful not to crsuh the apricots. Halve the apricots. Remove and discard the pits. Place 4-5 apricot halves in the bottom of each gratin dish , so they cover the bottom of the dish, PLace the remaining apricots in a food processor with apricot syrup and puree until smooth. For the topping: Combine ½ cup of the powdered sugar, the almond powder, butter, egg yolks, and the whole egg in a mixinf bowl and beat with a whisk until smooth. Divide the batter among the 6 gratin dishes and spread evenly over the apricots. Sprinkle the top with the slivered almonds and remaining powdered sugar. Place the gratins in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Bring the puree witht he Kirsch up to a simmer. Remove gratins from the oven and place one on each plate.

Garnish with puree, powdered sugar and fresh mint.

Source: Essence of Emeril, #2327, TVFN formatted by Lisa Crawford, 4/28/96

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