Summer Berry Gratin

Use four 4-inch gratin dishes for this custard, and make sure the broiler is fully heated before browning the tops. Mascarpone is a rich Italian cream cheese.

  • Servings: 4
Summer Berry Gratin

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June/July 1992


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 pint mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
  • Confectioners' sugar, for tops


  1. In a small bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, and sugar.

  2. In another bowl, beat egg and yolk until pale and fluffy. Add dry ingredients slowly; beat until pale and fluffy again, about 2 minutes.

  3. In a small, heavy-bottomed stainless-steel saucepan, scald milk. Slowly add half of it to egg-flour mixture, beating constantly. Add this mixture to remaining milk in saucepan, and cook over a very low flame, whisking constantly. When mixture bubbles and thickens, remove from heat, and continue whisking for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in vanilla and butter. Refrigerate until chilled. (The dessert can be prepared to this point up to 2 days ahead.)

  4. Preheat broiler. Fold mascarpone into custard, and divide among gratin dishes. Press berries into custard. Sift confectioners' sugar over tops, and set on a cookie sheet. Broil on top rack until evenly browned, about 2 minutes. Let cool 1 minute, and serve.


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