Honey-Lavender Plum Gratin

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Honey-Lavender Plum Gratin

Honey-Lavender Plum Gratin

Infusing milk with lavender buds perfumes the honey-sweetened custard, creating an unusual, lovely backdrop for juicy plums. A quick pass under the broiler caramelizes the top. Note: Because the custard is stabilized with cornstarch, you can let it reach a gentle simmer.

Serves 4

Prep Time 45 min

Total Time 135 min.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon unsprayed fresh lavender buds, or 1/4 teaspoon dried, rinsed (see Ingredient note)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 medium plums, pitted and cut into eighths
  • 2 tablespoon sugar

Cooking Directions

Step 1

To prepare custard: Heat milk in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Remove from heat. Add lavender, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Strain milk through a fine sieve into a medium bowl. Return the milk to the saucepan and reheat until steaming.

Step 3

Whisk egg yolks, honey and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually add the hot milk, whisking until blended. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened and starting to bubble gently, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a clean bowl. Whisk in vanilla. Cover loosely and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Step 4

To prepare fruit & topping: Preheat broiler. Coat an 11-by-7-inch oval gratin dish or 4 individual gratin dishes with cooking spray. Spoon custard evenly into the dish or dishes. Arrange plums on their sides, slightly overlapping, in a single layer over custard. Sprinkle sugar evenly over plums. Broil until plums are lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.


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