Foodiva's Kitchen: Marang Brown Sugar Gratin

Monday, July 26, 2010

Marang Brown Sugar Gratin

Ever since I saw the recipe for Raspberry Brown Sugar Gratin featured on The Smitten Kitchen, it drove me nuts thinking how simple it looked (only 3 ingredients, yes, THREE) and how delicious, just from the photos! But Deb of SK is in New York, while I am here, all the way in Brunei. Where in heavens name can I find fresh raspberries? There are frozen ones in the posher supermarkets, of course, but they just don't have the same feel, you know.

Never one for coloring inside the lines, I decided that well, there are many other fruits here in the tropics and might as well use what we have in abundance. However what goes with sour cream and brown sugar? Hmm... after a bit of thought (all 3 seconds of it), I had my A-ha moment - I shall use Marang! In Brunei, this fruit with its tender, sweet, white flesh is also called Tarap, and I had written about it a few posts back. So I only made one small ramekin to try this out, and here's a quick pictorial before we get to the recipe.

Hahaha, don't you just love the last picture? It's a clear demonstration of my gluttony - so sinful! Anyway, here are the four ingredients and bear in mind I only made one small ramekin, so just multiply this recipe accordingly if you're serving to guests.

Marang Brown Sugar Gratin
1-2 tablespoons marang flesh, pitted
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons soft, brown sugar
Almond slivers, for sprinkling

1. Layer the ramekin as follows (bottom to top): marang, sour cream, brown sugar and almonds.
2. Bake under a hot broiler for about 2-3 until the sugar starts to caramelize. I found that my almonds burnt way earlier than the sugar, but I like the taste of burnt nuts. If you don't, another option is is to add the almonds slightly later in the baking process to have them just browned.
3. Serve immediately and brace yourself for compliments!

Hokay, here are alternatives to the ingredients so you can serve these many, many times with different variations:
Fruit - use berries, soft peaches, bananas, avocado, dragon fruit, oh the list is endless...
Sour cream - use creme fraiche or thick yoghurt
Nuts - use toasted pecans, walnuts, cashews, macadamia

Gosh that was soooo wonderfully yummy, I think I'll go make another one...


Jennifurla said...

I made this too over the weekend, really tasty.

Joy said...

That looks great. What is marang?

foodies at home said...

I agree with looks yummy but I have never heard of marang! What is it and where do I find some?

Subterfuge Diva said...

Jennifurla, did you make it with Marang too? Lol, I presumed it was with berries or some other fruit.

Joy, Marang is a tropical fruit found in Southeast Asia. If you click on the word Tarap in my post above, it will bring you to some pics of the fruit.

Charisse, I wonder if you can find Marang in an Asian supermarket over there?

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