Fresh fruit gratin

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Fresh fruit gratin
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Heat the broiler and set a rack about 4 inches beneath the heating element.


Divide the crumbled amaretti among 4 individual gratin dishes or shallow ramekins. Divide the fruit evenly over the top, gently pressing the top of the fruit into an even layer.


In a large bowl, whisk together the mascarpone, honey, liqueur and cornstarch until evenly combined. Dollop the cheese mixture into the gratins, and spread with the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread the cheese and flatten it in an even layer over the fruit.


Place the gratin dishes under the broiler and cook just until the top of the gratins start to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool on a rack for 5 minutes before serving.

Amaretti are Italian almond macaroon-like cookies and can be found in well-stocked markets and specialty cooking stores. Cream cheese, creme fraiche, Greek yogurt or sour cream can be substituted for the mascarpone.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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