Vanilla Apple Gratin


This sweet and creamy apple dessert comes with a built in drink pairing--whatever sparkling wine you added to the recipe.

Vanilla apple gratin on dark surface in individual cast-iron gratin dishes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 5 Gala apples (about 2 1/2 lb. total)

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

  • Salt

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • ¼ cup sparkling wine, such as Prosecco


  1. Peel and core the apples. Cut each into 12 wedges.

  2. Melt butter in a 12-inch broiler-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Using the tip of a knife, split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the skillet. Toss the bean in, too. (If using vanilla paste or extract, add at this time.) Add apples; sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until apples are deeply golden and tender, stirring occasionally. Discard vanilla bean.

  3. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. In a medium bowl whip cream with a mixer on medium to soft peaks. Chill until needed.

  4. Heat 1 inch of water in bottom of a double boiler; bring just to a simmer. In the top of the double boiler
    whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt; add wine and whisk continuously until mixture is thickened and has doubled in volume (do not boil), 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk 1 minute to set and cool. Fold in whipped cream just until combined. (The cream may deflate a bit.)

  5. Spoon cream mixture over apples in the skillet (or arrange apples in six individual broiler-safe gratin dishes). Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat 1 to 2 minutes or until topping begins to turn golden (watch carefully!). Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
10g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 189mg 4%
Folate, total 17.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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